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John Hoppenthaler

John Hoppenthaler is the author of Lives of Water (Carnegie Mellon, 2003) and editor of a collection of essays and interviews on the work of Jean Valentine. His work has appeared in Chelsea, New Letters, Ploughshares, and Southern Review. He is the poetry editor of Kestrel.


Anticipate the Coming Reservoir

Summer 2005 | Poetry

In my dream, I’m clearing bottom in an upstate county with a pair of oxen yoked to a plow. The off-ox is sickly & gaunt. He struggles with his pride & body to keep up to the task at hand. In my dream, my shoulder strains against the rump of [...]