The Williams Readings present
MICHAEL T. YOUNG
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7 p.m.
Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ
Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor
Michael T. Young’s fourth collection, The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost, will be published in spring of 2014 by Poets Wear Prada Press. He received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His work has appeared in numerous journals including The Adirondack Review, Fogged Clarity, The Louisville Review, Off the Coast, The Potomac Review, and The Raintown Review. His work is also in the anthologies Phoenix Rising, Chance of a Ghost, In the Black/In the Red and forthcoming in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. He lives with his wife and children in Jersey City, New Jersey.
None of my dictionaries define it as a color
and yet my wife tells me it’s the color
of our wedding—her dress, my tie.
I take her word for it, but feel no wiser.
I sometimes find it in the tiles of some mosaic
or fired into a mug now on clearance at the store
and I’m suddenly connected, rooted,
though it depends on the light, as color always does,
changing with air densities and angles,
shifting with the hours, aging
like the plant that is this color’s namesake,
its leaves like fingers pointing in every direction,
as if it knew something.
(originally published in Tribeca Poetry Review)