For James Wright

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You
write about shyness
the shyness of daylight
along the Ohio River
like a girl brushing her hair
in a boarding house
looking for privacy—
in one of your poems
morning arrives
naked
uncomfortable
shivering in the valley
offering only a glimpse
of herself
to ironworkers
electricians
millwrights
carpenters
for the first time
like a ghost
in the processing lines and mills
of West Virginia and Ohio
Jim—
is it true you died for our sins
who
like the river
and the haze
and the hills
are up
before dawn
looking in the soot
and slag
for the sun


John Stupp

John Stupp is the author of the 2015 full-​length collection Advice from the Bed of a Friend by Main Street Rag. Recent poetry has appeared or will be appearing in The Rising Phoenix Review, The Pittsburgh Post-​Gazette, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Shark Reef and on the radio show Prosody. He lives in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

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