James McMichael is the author of five books of poetry, including The World at Large: New and Selected Poems, 1971–1996. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Shelley Memorial Prize.
THE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE IN PICTURES
The frontispiece fixes as
a man whose
livelihood is the grass. As he had
before the take and
he plies away in the sun.
Storefront awnings slope into the square.
Among the occupied,
only the vendors are without hats.
sweet and full of pickle are the hooked gibbets of
beef above the pens.
James McMichael reads his poem "The British Countryside in Pictures."