In the driving rain, but we’re back home.

The view this morning from a downtown window before it rained enormously like elephants and professional wrestlers.

When you’re lonely put on your best shoes and run–through the grocery store parking lot–ready to bring home the vegetables.

I love that point in the late afternoon when the sun is the color of the check engine light in your car.

Jose Padua’s A Short History of Monsters was chosen by Billy Collins as the winner of the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize and is out from the University of Arkansas Press. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in many publications. After spending the last twelve years in Washington DC and Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he and his family have moved slightly north to Lancaster, PA.