What I Learned Today · John Grey

A marble head of Alexander the Great
dressed as Heracles in a helmet of lion-skin
was uncovered in the ruins of a Spartan temple.
The Afghanistan people
are blessed with a unconquerable spirit
despite all the suicide bombers.
American Gothic, by Grant Wood,
could show Whistler’s mother
a thing or two about iconography.
A naturalist and documentary filmmaker
is out in the field trying to save coyotes and mustangs.
The Swiss have taken up recycling with great fervor.
Yellowstone’s mud pots continue to bubble up
a chocolate brown.
African wild dogs reverse many of the
male and female roles.
The architecture of space is that of silence.
The easiest way to get elected is to be
the only name on the ticket.


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in the Homestead Review, Harpur Palate, and Columbia Review with work upcoming in the Roanoke Review, the Hawaii Review, and North Dakota Quarterly.

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