After a Theme from Tranströmer

by Gary Leising Issue: Spring/Summer 2020

Looking for all the world like some creature’s innards,
there are mushrooms wet with last night’s rain at my front door.
Tomorrow they will be on the stone slab that passes
for my welcome mat.  They have crawled there alone.
Their movement is like that of a slug across salt flats.
In such expanses we taste the quick, bitter herb of earth
which is not the earth’s, and is not an herb,
but is us.



Gary Leising

Gary Leising is the author of the book, The Alp at the End of My Street, from Brick Road Poetry Press (2014). He has also published three poetry chapbooks: The Girl with the JAKE Tattoo (Two of Cups Press, 2015), Temple of Bones (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and Fastened to a Dying Animal (Pudding House, 2010) He lives in Clinton, New York, with his wife and two sons, where he teaches creative writing and poetry as a professor of English.