Sample Poems:

David Galef


The glass of water
sits close to the edge
of the desk as if
a man on a ledge,
refracted and haloed
in the trembling light
through the slanted blinds
and encroaching night.

The level is wanly
half empty and yet
the promise of fullness
might almost be met.
Every drink frustrates
the surface of sight.
One more sip and
I’ll start to write.

[DAVID GALEF, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, has published poetry in Light, Hellas, Pivot, The Laurel Review, and other journals. His second novel, Turning Japanese, was published by Permanent Press in 1998.]

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