Thin sunshine—- this lunchtime over.
Construction workers in fluorescent orange vests and hats
Bustle and flow. We come and go.
The underside of a piled cumulous cloud darkeens.
Desire is more than thwarted will. I stand back.
Above it all that arching slender alder tree
leans away from dark roots into the pure blue, translucent leaves
pale, surprisingly bright in shifting light .
-Born Berkeley, CA, USA
-holds a BA in German Studies and Ancient and Medieval Culture at Brown University and a PhD in Medieval Latin literature from Cambridge
-has held teaching and research positions at Harvard Divinity School, the University of Notre Dame, Providence College,and the University of Bristol
-he and his wife Rachel have three children and live in Bristol, England
-Employed as casework coordinator and equality rep (disability) for the University and College Union branch at the University of Bristol