William Logan

On the Banks of the Allegheny
December 14, 2015 Logan William

On the Banks of the Allegheny


We had started over again—

an unpainted house with the new Chevy in the drive,


the model with the push-button transmission.

The lots were new.  Rich brown


like expensive leather, the fresh turds

nested in the unseeded lawn,


shivering with inner life,

the maggots squirming wildly toward the light.

William Logan’s writes poetry and a little criticism. He has published eleven books of poetry and eight books of essays and reviews. Logan has received, among other honors, the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry, the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction, the inaugural Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism, the Corrington Medal for Literary Excellence, the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award, and the Allen Tate Prize.  He lives with the poet and artist Debora Greger in Gainesville, Florida, and Cambridge, England.