POEM COMPOSED ENTIRELY WITH LAST LINES FROM ELLEN BASS POEMS
James Valvis


all she had to eat was snow
impossibly bright

after a forest fire, covering the seared earth
with cars going by

people may as well eat
the rose white of the sky

spiraling valleys of starlight
leveling the ground again

in the most humble, darkest star
doing isometrics in the dark

cave of the mouth
burning like a star

the portals through which we enter our lives



James Valvis is the author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE (Aortic Books, 2011). His poems or stories have appeared in journals such as Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Hanging Loose, LA Review, Nimrod, Rattle, River Styx, Vestal Review, and many others. His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily and the Best American Poetry website. His fiction was chosen for the 2013 Sundress Best of the Net. A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle.