Today's poem is "In the Virgin Islands"
from Long for This World

University of Pittsburgh Press

Ronald Wallace is Felix Pollak Professor of Poety at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he codirects the creative writing program and serves as general editor for the University of Wisconsin Press poetry series. He is the author of eleven books, including the poetry collections The Making of Happiness, Time's Fancy, and The Uses of Adversity; the short story collect Quick Bright Things; and the critical study God Be With the Clown: Humor in American Poetry. He is married and has two grown daughters, and divides his time between Madison and a forty-acre farm in Bear Valley, Wisconsin.

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