The Opening Day

Richard Blevins

ISBN 978-1-881471-71-4             $16.00         164 pages


I watch the lightning close up,

from my skyscraper room.

I’d planned to visit Addie’s grave,


but the storm spoils my last morning in Toledo.

At home, I discover the valet’s directions

to his plot folded in my pocket.


Rain check.


Ray Caldwell is struck by lightning

on the mound at League Park, recovers--

and gets the last out for the win…



…Before each pitch, Ed Walsh hides his face


behind the glove (maybe doctoring the ball)…


All on a flash drive in my pocket.


Richard Blevins’ Fogbow Bridge: Selected Poems, 1972-1999 was published by Pavement Saw.  He edited two volumes of the Charles Olson/Robert Creeley correspondence for Black Sparrow. His dissertation is on Will Henry. He lives and teaches, in western Pennsylvania, with his wife Martha Koehler and their two daughters.