Welcome to John Middlebrook’s home on the web. To find my poems, click on the “Publications” tab. Click on the title of a poem to read it at an online journal.
Many thanks to Northern Cardinal Review, a journal for northern North American literature, for publishing my poem “Love’s First Balcony Scene”.
I’m excited to share both that Cleaver Magazine has published my poem “Whispers” in its issue 7, and Tipton Poetry Journal has included “Splash and Shatter” and “Young Woman” in its v.26 (pages 52-53).
I’m glad to share that Synchronized Chaos has published my poems “Struggling with Words, Walking the Figure Eight, and A Prophesy of Black Holes” in its June 2014 issue.
“Struggling with Words” is particularly close to my heart and I’m excited that it has found a home with this issue Synchronized Chaos, an interdisciplinary webzine for art, literary, science, cultural, and travel writing. Its editors write, “John Middlebrook looks at the experience, aural, aesthetic and visceral, of words and paintings, and then imagines a comforting, embryonic realm of silence inside a black hole.”
I’m pleased to say that the Wilderness House Literary Review has included four of my poems in its January 2014 issue (volume 8, no. 4): “Terrarium,” “Splash and Shatter,” “Cascade the Generations,” and “The Settings of Stones.”
Surrounded by indigo fields,
I turn off the yard light and sit
on this summer night listening
to the sounds between the sounds
of crickets wafting their chants
on the lazy breeze, unmoved
by the discontent of hounds
in the distance baying
at the plaintive whistles of trains,
the rustle of gravel under passing cars.
The clock nods and blinks
on evenings like this, then retires.
The industry of spring has passed:
and the branches of fruit trees—
that snagged rags of clouds
and made them blossom—
now sag with orbs of quiet fire.
Meanwhile, the paint cans of autumn rest
undisturbed in storage, and the wind
that will turn—sure as a hawk,
when winter bears down—
sleeps in the forest.