Geoffrey Brock

Geoffrey Brock’s poem in this issue is from his new collection, After. His most recent translations are Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Allegria, which received the 2021 National Translation Award in poetry, and Chantal Montellier’s Social Fiction, which has appeared on several best-of-2023 lists.

Walking the Cat

Each night I take the old dog for a walk. / I put his harness on, attach the leash, / and when we step outside into the dark. . . .

Forces of Nature

This autumn morning, after the freeze, / They held a summit of the trees. / Motions were made and seconded, / And all the ochre, brown, and red / Snowed down.