Mark Rudman is the author of seven books of poetry and three books of prose. His poetic trilogy The Millennium Hotel, Provoked in Venice, and Rider received the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Couple is his most recent collection of poems.

Spring Rainstorm

It chuckles to a birdcherry and drenches the lacquered carriages, the shivering trees. Fiddlers wade through the moon’s wake to the theater. Line up, Citizens! Puddles on cobblestones. Deep roses, like throats welling with tears, are sprayed with glistening diamonds. Whips of …