Stout Grove

Tall split rail fence corrals giants
Lush sword ferns whisper snicker-snack
Snigger in cathedral twilight
At pilgrims craning aching necks
Search for a single colossus
Communion with the largest tree.

Three-hundred-and-forty feet tall
His crown is too high to see.

Marc Janssen lives in a house with a wife who likes him and a cat who loathes him. Regardless of that turmoil, his poetry can be found scattered around the world in places like Pinyon, Slant, Cirque Journal, Off the Coast, and Poetry Salzburg. His book, November Reconsidered was published by Cirque Press. Janssen also coordinates the Salem Poetry Project, a weekly reading, the annual Salem Poetry Festival.

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