Chronoscope 152

John Walser

 Chronoscope 152: The rain has

 A soft bulb diffusion sun
tries to press through the overcast:

the rain has gravel scattered words
across the pavement: it tastes of them:
breathing, landing, friction:

and when the botched trees fill in
the rain breeze leaf tatter
is like a thousand messages
coming through at the same time:
tap and tear and scatter.

John Walser, an associate professor of English at Marian University-Wisconsin, holds a doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Spillway, Mantis and the Normal School, as well as in the anthology New Poetry from the Midwest 2017.  A three-time semifinalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize, he is currently submitting three full-length manuscripts for publication.  His Edgewood Orchard Galleries has been a finalist for the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize (2016) as well as a semifinalist for both the Philip Levine Prize (2016 and 2017) and the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award (2017 and 2018).