Poet, Educator, Director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians.

"Ronnie's" from US Poet Laureate 2004-2006 Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry

now that you are here

amid crag and gleam

mist-rise and vapor

dark jade frothing

into white lace

here where the rains

come to gargle

spit jets of spray

see herons creep

smokestacks peer

through high windows

spirits sleep

spool and spindle

shaft and shackle

tie-snake and eagle

sit still

as an old powerhouse

and mind your moorings

the river roaring



Nick Norwood