White, wide dogwood blooms
spread to catch winter’s remains—
so much work for bees!
Budding redbuds shake
under the dark heavens’ sluice.
Booms roll in like waves.
May she soon lose the long choked
panic, quailing, in her chest.
Chris Green has published, edited, reviewed, scholarized on, and taught poetry for three decades. He is author of Rushlight (Bottom Dog, 2009), has edited Coal: A Poetry Anthology (Blair Mountain, 2006), and his monograph, The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism (Palgrave-Macmillon 2010) won the Weatherford Award for Best Non-Fiction book about Southern Appalachia. Director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College since 2012 and recent president of the Appalachian Studies Association, Chris's poetry has lately explored the haikai/haiku tradition.