William Olsen

False Darkness
March 16, 2020 Olsen William

False Darkness



I need the sun to be setting
the hills darkening


down to the lowest of us
free of regret


one window the farthest away one


our daily understanding is gone
children still outside and their age old laughing


it isn’t pain
that cries   harm cries


she lets me
into her heart


there are distances in there
we came from in there


those clouds she calls spaceships
do fine without our distances


they catch the last of the done gone sun
like a loved face might


it will be night down here


before it is night up there

William Olsen has published six collections of poetry, most recently TechnoRage, Northwestern, 2017. His work has received the Norma Farber Award, the Poetry, Northwest Theodore Roethke Prize, the Crazyhorse Prize; and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Breadloaf. Olsen teaches at Western Michigan University, and edits New Issues Poetry and Prose.