Never miss a post
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries


Mitch Sisskind - Correspondent at Large

Before Kennedy (by Mitch Sisskind)

Each Saturday Lou's four hour pinochle
Game now in its thirtieth-first year,
Pinochle again on Monday nights
And on Fridays the family card games,
Men and women at separate tables.

To the downtown public library
I bore my briefcase after school
In Eisenhower’s last years to read
Old newspapers: WAR the full page
Headline of 1917 and again in 1941.

Here and there bent over tables
In the gloomy main reading room
Men wiping their eyes, coughing,
Blowing their noses until limping
Urgently to the awful bathroom.

These men, were they younger
Than Lou I found myself asking.
I saw his steps shortening until
He died like the silver dot on the
Turned-off television screen.

November 12, 2021

November 05, 2021

October 29, 2021

October 22, 2021

October 08, 2021

October 01, 2021

August 06, 2021

July 30, 2021

July 23, 2021

July 09, 2021

July 02, 2021

June 24, 2021

June 21, 2021

June 15, 2021

June 11, 2021

June 04, 2021

May 28, 2021

May 21, 2021

May 07, 2021

April 23, 2021

Best American Poetry Web ad3
click image to order your copy
"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly


I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

Click image to order


A creative communications, branding, and resources consultancy founded by Victoria C. Rowan


Reach a Wide International Audience

Advertise on the Best American Poetry Blog


  • StatCounter