Arthur J. Stewart’s “science flavored” poetry has appeared in more than a dozen journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association, Eclectic Literary Forum, Lullwater Review, Cultural Studies in Science Education, and Chemical and Engineering News. He lives in Lenoir City and is a Tennessee Poetry Prize winner and a 2013 inductee into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame. From Where We Came is his fifth poetry collection.
Like Shad Ascending
on National Public Radio
are starting their annual run
up the Hudson River; the water temperature hit
fifty degrees so yes, they began
silver bodies, as William
Carlos Williams said
in the bitter world of spring, midway
between the surface and the mud.
On the radio
upon being interviewed about the run,
when cooked, they taste
the fishiest, oiliest thing
you can imagine
stuffed with bones,
covered with dirt. Yet
still, like us
they rise, year after year,
again and again, one
generation after another,
slipping upstream through time.
Copyright (c) 2014 by Arthur J. Stewart. All rights reserved. Stewart will read at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on March 29, 2015, at 2 p.m. and at the Laurel Theater in Knoxville on April 2, 2015 at 7 p.m.