hkauderer (187 Poems)

Herb Kauderer is an associate professor of English at Hilbert College and the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently 'Flying Solo: The Lana Invasion' from Poet's Haven Press. His poem "After" won the 2016 Asimov's Readers' Award. He has written in many other forms as well. Details can be found on his website HerbKauderer.com

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in a nearby camp
guitar & two singers play
“Fields of Athenry”
twenty one times in a row
altering styles & tempos

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Discount Bin

Lauren Bacall.
Katherine Hepburn, too.
All their work reduced to one-word

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moveable feast

on artisans’ row
miracles of creation
grow in many flavors
at the hands of craftsmen perched
at folding chairs & tables

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fill in the blank

lantern inside tent
projects silhouette romance
to passers-by who
stop long enough to fill in
their own cast of characters

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Reminded of You

Working hydroponic fields on Europa
Jupiter’s light turns rain as red as blood.

Plants drink & grow strong.

I feel closer to your here
than I ever did before.

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having wrung from his brain

every last note of music

the poet turns to prose

for a while

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