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Feature for October, Joseph Green
Joseph Green, reading Oct 12 lives in
Longview, Washington, where he and his wife, Marquita, produce limited-edition
letterpress poetry broadsides through The Peasandcues Press. He also serves on
the board of directors for the C.C. Stern Type Foundry and Museum of Metal
Typography. His most recent chapbook is That Thread Still Connecting Us
(2012, MoonPath Press).
Watch Over Me
after Granddad died he still hung
around in the hall outside my room,
keeping an eye on me the way he’d always done.
I accused him of spying when he was alive,
when I caught him four or five times a day
easing my door ajar and peering inside.
Get your nose out of my business, I hissed,
and the door sucked shut and he slipped
back down the hall, but then after he was gone
there was no more getting rid of him.
My mother gave all his clothes away,
the pinstriped suits, the hats, the underwear,
and scrubbed the smoke stains out of his room
and sold his bed, his dresser, and his easy chair.
But I could still feel him sneaking up behind me,
distracting me from my algebra,
from the unknowns I had to isolate
among the numbers I couldn’t love,