Michael Daley, a retired high school teacher, is the author of several poetry collections: The Straits, To Curve, Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest, and Of a Feather. Pleasure Boat Studio published his book of essays, Way Out There, and his translation of Italian poet Lucia Gazzino’s Alter Mundus. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, North American Review, and elsewhere. Dos Madres press is bringing out his fifth collection of poetry, Born With, in June and his sixth collection, True Heresies, from which these poems are taken, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. Michael recommends the International Rescue Committee.
I wince at the artistry of finance,
but suffer without suffering for my gift-wrapped
photo: all the village women tote bright heavy
jugs down a shaft where water awaits