DPF / Chen

For whatever the weather we’ll weather it whether it’s stormy or sun, from The Best American Poetry 2015, edited by Sherman Alexis, series editor David Lehman.

from for i will do/undo what was done/undone to me / by Chen Chen

                  i pledge allegiance to the weather
report that promises more snow, plus freezing rain.
though i would minus the plural & plus the multitude

of messages pressed muddy into the perfectly
mutable snow

DPF / Austin

Happy Valentine’s Day, 2016, from The Best American Poetry 2015, guest editor, Sherman Alexie, series editor, David Lehman, and originally from Burrow Press Review.

from Cedars of Lebanon / by Sherman Alexie

You knock at the door.
Break several cedar branches

and dust off the snow.
Bring in seven for the bedroom,

seven for the fireplace,
then rest your head on my chest–

even bare
branches can make a kind of summer.