• The Same River

    Jeff Mock

    Spring 2018

    When you enter a strange
    City, it becomes familiar
    A little—that doorway
    Is a place to stand out of
    The rain, that maple is like
    Another maple several
    States away, that man
    At the bus stop looks
    Just like your father,
    Who once entered a strange
    City, a few years
    Before you were born,
    And found the place that you
    Would some day leave.

    Jeff Mock is the author of Ruthless (Three Candles Press, 2010). His poems appear in American Poetry Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the Georgia Review, the Iowa Review, New England Review, the North American Review, Shenandoah, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA program at Southern Connecticut State University.

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