Two Poems by Carol Hamilton

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He tells me of fishing
with his father at Gooseneck Bend
on the Verdigris above the falls
at Rider‘s Fork. I remember
the Verdigris waters on their way
to New Orleans, as we, young,
dreamed of such distances
in the fog-filled pecan grove,
we on our knees gathering pecans
from the dew covered grasses
while Charlois cattle, white-faced,
pale as the fog, watched us.
And they without dreams, I think.
Now he and I look backward,
and even the river has changed
its channel. It, though,
knows where it is going.
To the sea.


Answering Service

The new telephone works well,
but the instruction book was intended
to raise blood pressure and infuriate.
It is easy to change what you just
spent 30 minutes to set. Away
your good greeting goes
as the length of message
maneuver eludes.
How the Brave New World
works to make idiots of us!
How quickly I accept its judgment …
but now I’m going back for more…
surely this time!  Or perhaps this time
I’ll fall over the edge.  If you don’t
hear from me,
you’ll know.



Carol Hamilton has recent and upcoming publications in Southwest American Literature, Paper Street Journal, Cold Mountain Review, Common Ground, Tipton Poetry Journal, Main Street Rag, Louisiana Review, Sacred Cow. U.S.1 Worksheet, Homestead Review, Poem, Sandy River Review, Plainsongs, The 3228 Review, Texas Poetry Calendar 2018, Nebo, Dryland, Visions International, Turtle Island Quarterly, Inscape and others. She has published 17 books, most recently, SUCH DEATHS from the Virtual Arts Cooperative Press in Chicago. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize.