February 2010

Billy Templeton III


This marks an author's first online publication Billy Templeton III recently earned his M.F.A. from Syracuse University, where he served as poetry editor of Salt Hill. He currently lives and teaches in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Searching for My Father's Father's Obituary Online    

You died in Missouri, in Oklahoma.
You died in Pennsylvania.

You were a fist, all knuckle
and bone ground to points.

I can only see one fist
at a time, thrusting

through water, mountains,
my father's flesh, then mine.

We waited twenty years
for you, tucked away

in our own cabin.
We trained for you.



Billy Templeton III: Poetry
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