POEM Derrick Hudson

NWR Issue 108

Pointlessly Handsome Well-Dressed Older Man Sitting at the Bar


Really, he could be anything. Defrocked priest. King
in exile. Arthritic pianist swivelling impotently

on his stool. Or the head gone missing from Apollo’s
archaic torso, aged post-decapitation

but still divine. Or the ex-captain
of a submarine, shattered by dreams of a freighter…


Michael Derrick Hudson lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he works for the Allen County Public Library in the Genealogy Center. A portfolio of five of his poems was recently named co-winner of the 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize, which was founded by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. His poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, River Styx, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, Iowa Review, New Letters, New Orleans Review, Northwest Review, Poetry East, Washington Square and West Branch. Over the past few years they have won The Madison Review 2009 Phyllis Smart Young Prize, River Styx 2009 International Poetry Contest, and the 2010 and 2013 New Ohio Review contests. Greensboro Review and North American Review have nominated Michael’s poems for the Pushcart Prize. poetryfoundation.org/bio.michael-hudson

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