Poets Corner: Main Street


Main Street

You are a farmer in winter now.

Everyone is a farmer here.

The snow, the ice, the rock

that looks like a waterfall,

no books, no vegetables,

no fruit or sun-dripping

iridescent rain.

There will be no list

outside a courthouse door

giving your name or the hour

of your return to the field.

No announcement of

who is first or last or in the middle.

Be patient, dream

that the offices stay shut and the snow

will spin backwards in time.

Fanny Howe has received many awards, two National Endowment for the Arts, the Lenore Marshall Award, a Guggenheim, a California Commonwealth Award, and the Ruth Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation. She has written several novels, young adult fiction, essays and poetry. Her most recent collections are The Winter Sun and Come and See, both from Graywolf Press. She teaches at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The Martha’s Vineyard Times welcomes contributions to Poet’s Corner. Dan Waters, former poet laureate of West Tisbury, will select poems to be published here. Submissions should be directed to dan@indianhillpress.com.