When I was a boy, children feared
polio and the atom bomb, and we were
instructed to avoid swimming in farm ponds
and to turn our gaze from the brilliant
flash in the sky.
Richard Jones is the author of seven poetry collections, including The Blessing, which received the Society of Midland Authors Award for poetry, and The Correct Spelling & Exact Meaning, both from Copper Canyon Press. His work has been anthologized in Billy Collins’s Poetry 180 and Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, and he has been heard on National Public Radio. In 2011 he published Thunder on the Mountain, a nonfiction work exploring the relationship between poetry and painting. Jones is professor of English at DePaul University in Chicago.