Welcome to this month’s poetry classroom, with poet Tania Runyan, author of A Thousand Vessels and Simple Weight. We invite you to respond to the poems we’ll share here—their forms, images, sounds, meanings, surprises—ask questions of Tania and each other, and write your own poems along the way.
The Goldfish Pond
I like the dead one best,
my daughter says,
and follows a corpse
the length of her smallest finger
around the edge of the pond.
Among the water lilies
a dozen fish flicker and spark.
Look how pretty, I say.
But she is lost now,
bending so low
her nose almost touches
He keeps looking at me.
I love him.
And she reaches into her face.
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