Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 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
MATTHEW ROHRER is the author of several books of poems, most recently DESTROYER AND PRESERVER, published by Wave Books, and SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS, forthcoming in April 2015. His poems have been widely published and anthologized, and he is the recipient of the Hopwood Award, and a Puschcart Prize, among others. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at NYU.
Contact: John Barrale – firstname.lastname@example.org
The model farm is therapeutic.
The 4-horned sheep
has all manner of things
clinging to his wool.
The cow is not angry.
None of the goats are daunted.
My daughter steps into the gravel
near a puddle and leaves a hole
that quickly fills
with water and sees this
and does it again.
On the way out
of one of the buildings
art students have posted
their pencil drawings
of the animals and they
are so accurate
we stop walking.
Is this—Sir—what you asked me to tell you?