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Thessalonikis All in a Row
Stephen Anderson


All with shiny faces
Brilliant red in their tomato glory,
Glowing with their care,
Their green-brown stalks
Staked with the skill
Of the attentive Greek
Gardener whose childhood
In his parentsí Kalamata olive grove
Was more than enough
To let his nurture
Bloom in his garden now
Tomato row ó
Again & again
& then, again too...

© Stephen Anderson.
Used with the authorís permission.

Stephen Anderson is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin poet and translator whose award-winning work has appeared in numerous print and online journals and has been featured on the Milwaukee NPR affiliate, WUWM Lake Effect Program. Stephen is the author of three chapbooks and three full length collections, and several of his poems formed the text for a song cycle in The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, a chamber music composition performed by members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer. A fourth poetry collection, On the Third Planet from the Sun: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming in the summer of 2024 (Kelsay Books). Stephen’s work is being archived in the Stephen Anderson Collection in the Raynor Libraries at Marquette University.



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Lori Levy:
Love the first 2 lines: "All with shiny faces/Brilliant red in their tomato glory."
Posted 07/16/2018 06:34 PM
Nicely done, Stephen. I especially appreciate the "Thessalonikis" touch. Reminds me of the New Testament letter.
Posted 07/16/2018 07:39 AM

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