Geoffrey Brock

Geoffrey Brock is the author of two collections of poems, the editor of The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry, and the translator of numerous books from Italian and French. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Translation at the University of Arkansas.

“After ___________”

V. Penelope Pelizzon’s poem “Some Say,” modeled very loosely on Sappho’s fragment 16,  is a stellar example of a literary imitation—a new poem based on an old poem. Your challenge is to write another.

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. Each ruined crown agrees