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Richard Fox

Richard Fox
Wind in Pines

paddle to the ladder on the downwind side 			four rungs but use only one to ascend 				the wooden float with a decoy owl  				azure sky to the east, no haze on the saddle 			between Mount Washington and Mount Jefferson 		sunburst and breeze dry body and swimsuit 	stretch fingertips to touch clouds accordion down onto oak planks  hands cup wind, toes flicker the range 	Mother Sebago rocks the float 		pine trees on the beach  			block and reveal, block and reveal  				sun rays, eyes close  					waves lap the float, whisper on the sand  				a motorboat parts the lake, drowns birdcalls 			the float seesaws, seesaws and settles 		boat fades, currents return to cradle 	sun retreats, surface fuses orange glaze water sighs, planks creak, barrels moan  					a loon calls
Richard H. Fox was born and bred in Worcester MA. He attended Webster University, as much artist colony as college, in the early 1970’s. These diverse cultures shaped his world view and love of words. He is a former President of Poetry Oasis, Inc., a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education and promoting local poets, and was Managing Editor of its journal Diner. Richard has been published in numerous journals including Above Place, Boston Literary Magazine, OVS, Poetry Quarterly, Sahara, Midstream Magazine, and The Worcester Review. For the past two years, many of his poems have focused on cancer from the patient’s point of view drawing on hope, humor, and unforeseen gifts. His book Time Bomb was published in 2013. Richard seconds Stanley Kunitz’ motion that people in Worcester are “provoked to poetry.”


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