Sunday, December 09, 2018

The Sunday Poet: Lawrence Kessenich

Poet Lawrence Kessenich

Lawrence Kessenich won the 2010 Strokestown International Poetry Prize. His poetry has been widely published, including in Sewanee Review,  Ibbetson Street and Poetry Ireland. His chapbook Strange News was published by Pudding House Publications in 2008. In 2012, his poem "Underground Jesus" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Kessenich has also published essays, one of which was featured on NPR's "This I Believe" in 2010 and appears in the anthology This I Believe: On Love. A number of his plays have been produced. His recent novel is titled "Cinnamon Girl."

Early to Work
I sit at a narrow desk in a tight
corner at the new job and realize that
the new job is turning into the old one,
drab and unsatisfying, discontent
rising inevitably like ground fog
from the floor of my heart. And I want

to disappear into that damp weight,
curl up beneath it and languish
in the darkness. Just then, a single ray
of early morning sun inserts itself
between tall buildings, lights an empty
desk across the office. And all at once
I know the choice is mine: fog
or sun, discontent or appreciation,
a fresh start or the old worn path. I turn
to my computer screen, see a challenge
where a moment before I saw a dull task,
take a sip of coffee and get down to work.

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