The night never wants to end, to give itself over
to light. So it traps itself in things: obsidian, crows.
Joseph Stroud has written several books of poetry, including In the Sleep of Rivers, Signatures, Below Cold Mountain, and Country of Light. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and was featured on National Public Radio’s Writer’s Almanac. Among his honors is the Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Stroud makes his home on the California coast and in a cabin in the Sierra Nevada.