“Summer in a Small Town” by Linda Gregg
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
Summer in a Small Town
When the men leave me, they leave me in a beautiful place. It is always late summer. When I think of them now, I think of the place. And being happy alone afterwards. This time it’s Clinton, New York. I swim in the public pool at six when the other people have gone home. The sky is grey, the air hot. I walk back across the mown lawn loving the smell and the houses so completely it leaves my heart empty.
from Too Bright to See & Alma, 2002
Graywolf Press, St Paul, MN
Copyright 2002 by Linda Gregg.
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About the Poet
Linda Gregg (1942- ) is the author of a number of poetry collections, including All of it Singing: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 2011). Born in New York, poet Linda Gregg was raised in Marin County, California. She received both a BA and an MA from San Francisco State University.
Learn more about Linda Gregg at The Poetry Foundation.