Praiseworthy John Glowney Getting out of bed is a tiny act of courage that earns a ribbon, somewhere, a Foreign Legion outpost with its drunk commander, his ramrod-straight posture, his excessive saluting. Even though your thoughts won’t hold still, laundry pegged to a clothes-line on a sunny windy day, you get through the morning one step at a time, a kid in her daddy’s giant work boots crossing the kitchen linoleum. And every night your heart sneaks out, showing off all of its tin-pot dictator medals, exaggerating its limp.
John Glowney is a graduate of the University of Michigan. John’s poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, The Bitter Oleander, North American Review, Shenandoah, 32 Poems, Iron Horse, Juxtaprose, Tar River Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, The Baltimore Review, The Cider Press Review, and Poetry Northwest, among others. John’s full-length poetry collection, Visitation, is being released by Broadstone Books in March 2022.