Thursday, May 14, 2020

Join Joseph Ross on Zoom June 4th, 2020 at 6 pm

Berks Bards welcomes Joseph Ross to join us online on Zoom!

When: June 4th, 2020 at 6 pm
If required, please enter the Meeting ID 759 062 6042

Read Joseph Ross' Bio below:
Joseph Ross is the author of three books of poetry: Ache (2017), Gospel of Dust (2013) and Meeting Bone Man (2012). His poems appear in many places including, The Los Angeles Times, Poet Lore, Xavier Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly and Drumvoices Revue. He has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and won the 2012 Pratt Library / Little Patuxent Review Poetry Prize. He recently served as the 23rd Poet-in-Residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society in Howard County, Maryland. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. and writes regularly at

Below is a sample poem from our featured poet:
Nelson Mandela Speaks to Trayvon Martin

I walk down Fox Street
in Johannesburg at dawn.

A light rain darkens my shoes,
they scrape against the small

stones. I am standing
in the doorway when I see you

across the street, on the corner,
looking at me. You wear no hood

today. You smile & walk
toward me. I smile & wait

for you. The day begins
here. Coffee & tea stands

push back their canvas
covers. A whistle sings

from the train station.
Your arms swing

at your sides like only
a teenage boy’s arms

can swing. You look
like you might open

your mouth to sing. There
is no SUV in sight.

I am not sure how
to greet you so I look

at your wet, grass-stained shoes,
then back at your seventeen

year-old face. I say:
“Come in, out of the rain.”

by Joseph Ross, from Ache (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017)

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