March 11-17, 2024: Poetry from Taylor Graham and Richard Johnson

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Taylor Graham

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the California Sierra and served as El Dorado County’s first poet laureate (2016-2018). In addition to Poetry Super Highway, her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She’s included in the anthologies California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University/Heyday Books), California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology, and Villanelles (Everyman’s Library). Her latest books are Windows of Time and Place (Cold River Press, 2019) and Walking the Bones (Hot Pepper Press, 2023). Visit Taylor on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2024, and owned by Taylor Graham and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Former Mountain Story

for Heather

Your best friend’s grandmother said
as long as the mountain remains
the world goes on. Marble and limestone,
tallest in the county.

Your best friend’s grandmother is dead.
In life she watched the mountain
diminishing, stone by stone, its peak
hauled away, its higher reaches.

Did she reach
for heaven before she died
at the mountain’s base, what was left
of it?

You and your best friend are grown now,
the grandmother making new soil.
You keep a stone from childhood, for
what it’s worth

in such a world
still going on without its mountain,
as if a soul of Earth
were flown.

Richard Johnson

Richard Eric Johnson has authored five volumes of poetry. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He holds a B.A. in Germanic Languages and an M.S. in Education with both degrees earned at Indiana University. He is retired and resides in Arlington, Virginia.

The following work is Copyright © 2024, and owned by Richard Johnson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Journey with a Muse

lonesome valley
face me skyway
tip my canoe
build me fire
edible roots
wild ripe berries

lonesome valley
walk me highway
through night black
shadow day
pass me time
zones of never

lonesome valley
show me my way
your ever still
sounds of death
beat my heart
bless my joy