James Arthur is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins. His first collection of poems, from Copper Canyon Press, is Charms Against Lightning. (February 2014)

Drone

I am the drone of a banjo’s fifth string. I am the drone that gives bottom to the chanter in a highland fling. Haw, hum. I am the drone of drone itself, planted so pleasurably in the mouth. A monotone. A lodestone. I’m …