know they know where you are,
you know the killers will be coming,
with their long car and their short guns,
with their crisp, dark suits; their iron eyes.
Somewhere outside a bird warbles,
Joseph Stanton's books of poems are A Field
Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban Oahu, Cardinal Points, Imaginary
Museum: Poems on Art, and What the Kite Thinks. His other
books include A Hawaii Anthology, The Quietest Singing, and
The Important Books: Children's Books as Art and Literature.
His poems have appeared previously in poetrybay and Long Island
Quarterly as well as in Poetry, Harvard Review, New York Quarterly,
Poetry East, The Cortland Review, and many other places. He
teaches art history and American studies at the University
of Hawaii at Manoa.