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Gary Miranda is the author of several poetry collections, including Turning Sixty (Zoland Books, 2003), Grace Period (Princeton University Press, 1983), and Listeners at the Breathing Place (Princeton University Press, 1979). Miranda has also published a translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies (Tavern Books, 2013). His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and nine awards from the Poetry Society of America. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sonnet for Salvadore

Gary Miranda

Of Salvadore the Celery King I sing. 
Illiterate in Lewiston, he'd wander, 
so I'm told, into the ladies' john 
and, barring ladies, not suspect a thing. 
But when it came to celery, he was king. 
And when he died, the Idaho Daily Sun 
said: Salvadore the Celery King Moves On. 
The celery hung its head, remembering.

Sometimes I think I'll wind down Lewiston Hill 
(where winding up and winding down's the same 
except for purpose), enter past the mill 
and, turning to face the crowd, announce my name:
"Gary, son of Dom the son of Salvadore 
the King, whose throne I've come to claim."

From Turning Sixty by Gary Miranda. Copyright © 2001 by Gary Miranda. Reprinted with permission from Zoland Books, Inc. All rights reserved.

From Turning Sixty by Gary Miranda. Copyright © 2001 by Gary Miranda. Reprinted with permission from Zoland Books, Inc. All rights reserved.

Gary Miranda

Gary Miranda is the author of several poetry collections, including Turning Sixty (Zoland Books, 2003), Grace Period (Princeton University Press, 1983), and Listeners at the Breathing Place (Princeton University Press, 1979).