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After the Rains
Glen Sorestad


The humid air hums. Green glistens.
Umbrella sky a boundless blue.

Each deep breath an explosion of plants
leaping from earth to lariat the sun.

Blades of grass gleam tiny stars.
Indifferent to my passing, a robin worms.

Aspens shiver, spruce needles
shimmer tiny diamonds. A straggle of geese

overhead rambunctious in song.
Even that yappy dog is less grating.

From what we miss (thistledown press, 2010).
Used with the author’s permission.

Glen Sorestad is a Canadian poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, anthologist, and public speaker. Author of over twenty books of poetry and many short stories, his work has appeared in more than sixty anthologies and textbooks. His latest book of poems is Hazards of Eden: Poems of the Southwest(Lamar University Press, 2015) Sorestad served from 2000-2004 as Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate and has given public readings of his poetry in every province of Canada, as well as in the U.S. and many parts of Europe. In November of 2010, Glen was inducted into the esteemed Order of Canada for his lifetime of outstanding literary achievement, dedication to his community, and service to his nation. Glen lives in Saskatoon; learn more about him here.



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This Canadian has described Florida summers amazingly. Thanks for the beautiful images of things we so take for granted
Posted 07/22/2011 02:28 PM
Linda Lee (Konichek):
Wonderful, rich images, and love the yappy dog line. Thank you Jayne and Glen.
Posted 07/21/2011 08:27 AM
Gen, This is fabulous. A total celebration. Jayne, thank you for picking such wonderful poems. I am wondering if you would mind if I share this poem with high school students in an upcoming workshop? I think it would inspire them. ---Anjie Kokan
Posted 07/21/2011 08:12 AM

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