February 9, 2017 / Creative Writing
In this poem, D. S. Martin finds that a word is worth a thousand pictures.
November 13, 2008
And if the tribal dialect has yet to be
and if the pique and pallor of the public
discourse yet continues
to obscure and to efface without the merest
whisper of chagrin, one
might nonetheless resolve to hold the line within,
among one’s also wincing cohort, honoring
the latent beauty of
the true, or, short of truth, what might for the moment
pass for it.
Scott Cairns teaches modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing at the University of Missouri. He is an accomplished poet whose writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the Paris Review, the New Republic, Books & Culture, and Image.