I live in Tucson with my wife Jane, a watercolorist. Our son Chris writes for screen in L.A. My more recent work has appeared in Ekphrastic Review, Juniper, (Toronto,) New Oxford Review, North American Review, Verse Daily, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and others. My most recent collections are Transversales (BlazeVOX, 2013,) Selected Poems (FutureCycle, 2016,) from which The Poetry Foundation selected several for its online archives. I enjoy writing articles and reviews and these may be found in Jacket2, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, NAR, The Kenyon Review, C. V. Mosby, Times-Mirror, and Allyn & Bacon Composition Series.
Some things are best left unsaid,
the long-term promises of lovers,
the life one wished one would have led.
Other things are better left unread,
tomorrow’s obituary, the bad review,
the things about us others said.
Some things are better left undone,
the great project that could never be,
misunderstood by nearly everyone.
Some things are better left with the dead,
so much of what is best said
dies with its owners, unloved, unread.
© 2018 Michael Gessner
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