“My Daughters in New York” by James Reiss
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
My Daughters in New York
What streets, what taxis transport them over bridges & speed bumps-my daughters swift in pursuit of union? What suitors amuse them, what mazes of avenues tilt & confuse them as pleasure, that pinball goes bouncing off light posts & lands in a pothole, only to pop up & roll in the gutter? What footloose new freedoms allow them to plow through all stop signs, careening at corners, hell-bent for the road to blaze straight? It's 10 P.M. in the boonies. My children, I'm thinking you're thinking your children are waiting for you to conceive them while you're in a snarl with my sons-in-law-to-be who want also to be amazing explorers beguiled by these reckless night rides that may God willing give way to ten thousand good mornings!
from Ten Thousand Good Mornings, 2001
Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburg, PA
Copyright 2001 by James Reiss.
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About the Poet
James Reiss is the author of six poetry collections, including The Novel (WordTech Communications, 2015). As professor emeritus of English at Miami University, Reiss was founding editor of Miami University Press in Oxford, Ohio.
Learn more about James Reiss at The Poetry Foundation.