John Balaban is Poet-in-Residence at North Carolina State University. His books include Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New and Selected Poems and a memoir of his years in Vietnam, ­Remembering Heaven’s Face. (March 2015)

After the Inauguration, 2013

“Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” —Epistle to the Hebrews, 9:22 Pulling from the tunnel at Union Station, our train shunts past D.C. offices and then crosses the rail bridge over the tidal Potomac blooming in sweeps of sunlight. Except for …

Soldier Home

“At first Krebs…did not want to talk about the war at all. Later he felt the need to talk but no one wanted to hear about it.” —Ernest Hemingway, “Soldier’s Home”   Full moon over Beaufort Inlet, moon path streaming towards him barefoot on the …