Rob Shapiro

Rob Shapiro received an MFA from the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. His poetry has appeared in AGNI, the Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner, where his work received the Edward Stanley Award. He lives in New York City.


When the last rifle-shots of the season ring out
across the river—swollen thick with rain and mud,
moving forward as everything must—