Autumn from a Passing Corolla


Red flecks erupt on ash-tree leaves
like the flush on my lover’s neck.
Don’t starve these fevers. Gorge yourself!
Soon enough, they will break.

John Philip Drury is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Sea Level Rising (Able Muse Press, 2015). He has also written The Poetry Dictionary and Creating Poetry (both from Writer’s Digest Books). He teaches at the University of Cincinnati.