Campbell McGrath

Campbell McGrath is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press, 2012). A resident of Miami, he teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University.

Spring 2007

September 11

By Campbell McGrath

1. Morning, stretching sore muscles on the floor by the bed, sifting the night's quota of thoughts, images, tasks, half-remembered insights, odd lines of poetry stranded by the ebb and […]

Fall 2005

Homage to Syntax

By Campbell McGrath

Here: the gates of the city. Here: a new theory of explanation, a new exemplar, a new contingency, a new barbarism, bracketed and implicit. Glyph: rose or lion. Glyph: the […]

Winter 2002

The Zebra Longwing

By Campbell McGrath

Forty years I've waited, uncomprehending, for these winter nights when the butterfliesfold themselves like paper cranes to sleep in the dangling roots of the orchids boxed and hung from the […]

Winter 1998

A Dove

By Campbell McGrath

If May is the month of the mockingbird, September is the season of the dove. On the roof they have gathered to drink from warm puddles of yesterday’s rainwater, preening […]

Winter 1998

Port Olry

By Campbell McGrath

Here the gods came down from the hills and paused at the edge of the sea. Here they rested, wrapped in grass, speaking together as the mountains speak, tongues clacking […]

Winter 1998

Capitalist Poem #42

By Campbell McGrath

While Elizabeth shops at Costco, Sam and I play hide-and-seek among the bales and pallets in that vast warehouse of pure things. Believe me, what little we do buy–               napkins and […]

September 11

By Campbell McGrath

1. Morning, stretching sore muscles on the floor by the bed, sifting the night’s quota of thoughts, images, tasks, half-remembered insights, odd lines of poetry stranded by the ebb and […]