Temple Cone

Temple Cone loves the language, the shape and sound of our words. He uses them tastefully and intelligently—words like ossuary, Rappahannock, gambrel, bifurcated, equivalence—and tucks them carefully into his lines. He’s not strutting when he does this, but demonstrating the depth and breadth of our language. His poems are rich—consistently so—and deeply felt. He challenges himself with interesting forms and poem shapes, and he is equally skillful with designs or free forms, using them with “amazing grace.”

—Paul Zimmer







Rilke composed his Sonnets

to Orpheus in two months

after finishing the great Elegies,

ten years in the making.


So we labor at grief,

drawing constellations from chaos,

and when we pause, gracious

starlight comes unbidden.

From "A Father's Story"