I’m standing on 10th Street. I’m not the only one. Buildings rise like foliage and human touch. And so shall dig this cigarette as my last, and rattle trains, and rot the fences of the gardens of my body— or without the harmony of speaking here the many sounds and rhythms that
Ralph Angel was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1951. He is the author of Twice Removed (Sarabande Books, 2001); Neither World (Miami University Press, 1995), which received the 1995 James Laughlin Award; and Anxious Latitudes (Wesleyan University Press, 1986). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Antioch Review, The American Poetry Review, and many other magazines, and have been collected in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, New American Poets of the 90s, and Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature. His most recent honors include a Pushcart Prize, and awards from the Fulbright Foundation and Poetry magazine. Angel now lives in Los Angeles and is the Edith R. White Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Redlands, where he teaches creative writing.