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The Edginess of Late Summer
Glen Sorestad


Seasons are restless, queuing,
one behind another,
nudging, jostling, impatient
as adolescent boys
at a sports buffet.
Summer glances,
at the calendar,
shakes its head,
but there is no way
to dissuade
antsy self-assertive Autumn,
its flamboyant pushiness,
its crimsons and golds.

© by Glen Sorestad.
Used with the author’s permission.



Glen Sorestad is a Canadian poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, anthologist, and public speaker. Author of over twenty books of poetry and many short stories, his work has appeared in more than sixty anthologies and textbooks. His latest book of poems is Hazards of Eden: Poems of the Southwest(Lamar University Press, 2015) Sorestad served from 2000-2004 as Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate and has given public readings of his poetry in every province of Canada, as well as in the U.S. and many parts of Europe. In November of 2010, Glen was inducted into the esteemed Order of Canada for his lifetime of outstanding literary achievement, dedication to his community, and service to his nation. Glen lives in Saskatoon; learn more about him here.




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Loved it....sad to see sweet summer leave...
Posted 09/19/2016 12:31 PM
This is great!!!
Posted 09/18/2016 11:20 AM
Glen, Love the way you have personified this "impatient" season.
Posted 09/17/2016 01:35 PM
Loved this, but wish self-assertive autumn would push OUR way soon. It is 90 degrees here today!
Posted 09/17/2016 12:27 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the image of the seasons in this poem. Very original!
Posted 09/17/2016 11:21 AM
SHE has a glowing new HELLO > antsy self-assertive Autumn. Lov'd it! Thanks, Glen.
Posted 09/17/2016 11:02 AM
Antsy, self-assertive Autumn is one way to describe it, perhaps more obvious in Canada than in the lower 48. Neat poem, short and to the point.
Posted 09/17/2016 10:48 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Jean C Fun!
Posted 09/17/2016 10:26 AM
I particularly like: Summer glances, disbelieving, at the calendar, shakes its head, which feels all too familiar as I age . . .
Posted 09/17/2016 08:45 AM
Larry Schug:
Time marches on with an incredulous little jig in its step, dressed up for the party. Nice, as always, Glen.
Posted 09/17/2016 07:45 AM
I agree with the others. Spot on and pure delight! Thanks
Posted 09/17/2016 06:29 AM
This is great, Glen! I have never seen such convincing personification of the seasons.
Posted 09/17/2016 05:45 AM
Jean :D:
This is the best "introduction" to the new/next season underway I've ever read!
Posted 09/17/2016 05:25 AM
Got that right.
Posted 09/17/2016 04:25 AM
nifty little poem, and oh, so true!
Posted 09/17/2016 04:12 AM

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