hkauderer (192 Poems)

Herb Kauderer is an associate professor of English at Hilbert College and the author of eighteen books of poetry, most recently 'Frozen at the Edges' from Dark Particle 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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Cold Solace

Perfect snowflakes falling
do not alleviate
aches and pains
nor diminish the tons of snow
in front of me.

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the opposite of facebook

leaning over snow shovels
the neighbor lady and I chat

and I learn more about the history
of the neighborhood

and the history
of the neighbor lady

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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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