Robert Wood Lynn is a poet from Virginia. His debut collection Mothman Apologia (2022 Yale University Press) was selected by Rae Armantrout for the 2021 Yale Series of Younger Poets. His chapbook How to Maintain Eye Contact is forthcoming from Button Poetry in 2023. His work has been featured or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, The Southern Review, The Yale Review and other publications.
AFTERMATH by Robert Wood Lynn
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
It took years, what precise excavations
of archeologists running low on funding—
but we did it, worked through all of my books,
hundreds even. Me, dogearing the good
poems with little folds in the top corners
and you with large ones at the bottom.
Sometimes, though half as often as I’d expect,
we marked the same page, the edges bending
toward each other like tennis players after
a marathon match, their weary approach to shake
hands at the net. Or like the world’s worst
paper airplanes, folded for takeoff,
to find you wherever you’ve gone.
- Published in Issue 24