Rhode Island

In 2013 Rhode Island appointed Rick Benjamin state poet laureate; he will serve a five-year term. A professor at Brown University in Providence, Brown is the author of Passing Love: Poems (2010) and the forthcoming Floating World: Poems, both from San Francisco's Wolf Ridge Press.

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poem
Here at the seashore they use the clouds over & over
again, like the rented animals in Aïda.
In the late morning the land breeze
turns and now the extras are driving
all the white elephants the other way.
What language are the children shouting in?
He is lying on the beach listening.

The sand knocks
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poem
Like the Beatles arriving from Britain,
the egret's descent on the pond
takes the reeds and visitors by storm:
it is a reconstructed marsh
environment, the next
best thing to living out your wild life.

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Footbridges love the past.
And like the Roman questioner who learned
"the whole of the