C.K. Williams’s most recent collection of poems is All at Once: Prose Poems. His Selected Later Poems will be published in the fall. (May 2015)


Dear Reader

Dear reader dearest inscrutable listener inscrutably harking or regrettably more likely not harking except in that chamber in me that posits you with me every moment I’m speaking or trying to speak Dear reader who may or may not be with me I still remember how once you weren’t here …


A pair of red leaves spinning on one another in such wildly erratic patterns over a frozen field it’s hard to tell which is which and whether if they were creatures they’d be in combat or courting or just exalting in the tremendousness of their being.