Death's silence is a storm
that cracks trees
from dawn to dusk.
Until there is nothing
but bare wood.
And night becomes a dark terror
that cannot scream.
It is sudden,
Like the snapping
of a neck.
From 1986-1996, Joseph Lisowski was Professor of English at the University
of the Virgin Islands. He is currently teaching at Mercyhurst College
North East, along the shores of Lake Erie. Recent work can be seen in
The Cortland Review, Poems Niederngasse, Stirring, Words on a Wire, Serpentine,
Poet's Canvas, A Writer's Choice, Born Magazine, The Isle Review, Poetry
Repair Shop, Thunder Sandwich, and 2River View. He is currently poetry
editor for New Works Review:
(Note: Some of these poems have appeared or will soon appear in the following:
2River View, Free Zone Quarterly, The Isle Review, Stirring, New World
Poetry, and Kota Journal)