Poems by Joan Canby


Right blade in a pair of scissors,

left sock of a pair of gray argyles,

middle cushion in the sofa,

second step in the stepladder,

middle C not B sharp, each one

thinks it is the one most necessary.



Grasshopper eats my orange tree,

villain of my garden –

forgive him too?


Joan Canby is a graduate of Vermont College
of Fine Arts and now lives in Texas.

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