Michael Shorb

In Issue 6 on May 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

History of Laughter

The woman’s voice
was trapped inside
the River Kronos,
it clung to silt and fish glide,
moth in torrential distance.

It was Old Winter himself
who intervened,
fishing the stiff voice out.

You owe me, he said, half
your love poured on stones.

We’ll call it laughter.


Michael Shorb‘s work reflects an abiding interest in environmental issues, history, and the lyrical form, as well as a strong focus on satire. His poems have appeared in over 100 magazines and anthologies, including The Nation, The Sun, Michigan Quarterly Review, Queen’s Quarterly, Poetry Salzburg Review, Commonweal, Rattle, Urthona, and European Judaism.

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