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Identified Flying Object
Stephen Anderson


Dear neighbor-to-the-north of mine ~ It is with the
Utmost high regard that I would like to inform you
Of the presence of your sonís whirligig flying object
That abruptly ensconced itself into the interior
Of my pride-of-pride, Grandiflora rose bush, and in the process
Decapitated a couple of the most radiant, rosebud clusters
That had previously adorned my otherwise barren, lackluster
Backyard. Well, I just wanted to say, no worries!
And that I well know that accidents do happen,
Especially when kids somehow magically channel their
Monsters and demons in healthy, outdoorsy ways.
Please retrieve said sonís IFO, preferably ASAP.

This poem first appeared in Bramble.
Used here with permission.

Stephen Anderson is a Milwaukee poet and translator whose work dhas appeared in numerous print and online journals, and has been featured on the Milwaukee NPR-affiliate, WUWM Lake Effect Program. Several of his poems formed the text for The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, a chamber music composition that can be heard here. When not writing, Stephen enjoys traveling, bicycling, and trekking almost anywhere he can find a path. He is the author of three chapbooks and three book-length collections: In the Garden of Angels and Demons (2017), The Dream Angel Plays the Cello (2019), and High Wire (2021). Stephen's work is being archived in the Stephen Anderson Collection in the Raynor Library at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.







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Wilda Morris:
A fun poem with a surprise turn and a great attitude toward children at play.
Posted 06/28/2023 09:17 AM
I really enjoyed your poem today. The humor is delicious.
Posted 06/23/2023 09:54 PM
A good laugh for Friday! Thank you!
Posted 06/23/2023 08:50 PM
Lori Levy:
Like the humor in this poem.
Posted 06/23/2023 12:57 PM
Leslie Hodge:
Charming! Love the "voice"!
Posted 06/23/2023 12:01 PM
Good one!!!
Posted 06/23/2023 11:33 AM
Arlene Gay Levine:
As a person who has grown roses for many years, this poem truly resonates and made me laugh out loud. Great job, Steven!
Posted 06/23/2023 11:33 AM
Good one! It took a turn toward nice when I thought it might have been headed elsewhere.
Posted 06/23/2023 08:55 AM

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