On Listening to Nina Simone

James Miller


In the evening the ibis and spoonbill
preen or glean on the shores
of the Lac de Guiers.

Weer and weer: the singer
and her mandolin draw out a lesson
from the paired moons.

Why not two suns tomorrow?
A shadow’s shadow, and amber airs
for counting: one, and two, and three. 



James Miller is a native of the Houston area, though he has spent time in the Midwest pursuing advanced degrees in English, and has traveled in Europe, China, South America and India. He has published poetry in Riversedge, the Houston Poetry Fest 2016, Lullwater Review (forthcoming), and Cold Mountain Review (forthcoming).

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