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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Perfect Snow

This morning
while waiting for the schoolbus,
the snow was perfect,

and many flakes were caught
on tongue
by daughter and father.

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color vision decreases
as distance increases

leaving us myopic
the distant
night sky

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wearing the weather

my classroom window reveals large downed branches
from three different trees, water from the great melt, &
people walking around in shirt sleeves and high winds

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square room filled
with chairs & tables
each topped by inscrutable
uninscribed portraits
forever undeciphered

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Far Surfaces

is never layered,

there is only that illusion
formed by the ground beneath

the far surface
of the pool.

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sunlight pours torrents of colors
through the stained glass dome
of a city where wholeness is king
& youth queen
above a forgotten realm
of the old & broken

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