The Collected Works
Nov. 27, 2011
I dream of poems painted on walls
and underpasses signed with handprints
and glyphs, a code that suggests authors
without specifying names. They’re identified
by place: I-94 at Sparta, a bridge in Green Bay,
basement in Milwaukee, cliffs outside Platteville.
Now they’re all over the state, words incised
on wooden signs, illustrated poems pasted
on billboards, lettered like medieval holy
books on vellum, smoky-gold like tamaracks
in fall near Minocqua. Before winter sets in,
they’re everywhere, legislating for the next century.
Richard Roe, a retired Legislative Analyst and Editor from Middleton,
Wisconsin, began writing poetry in his mid-30s and has kept at it ever
since. He has published three books of poems, most recently, Knots of Sweet
Longing. His work has appeared in Stoneboat, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Verse Wisconsin, Free Verse, Fox Cry Review, and Sow's Ear Review, "The Collected Works" originally appeared in Wisconsin Poets' Calendar.