A cognac priced at twice at what I usually afford.
But it’s my birthday. And I carry the grape-distilled
filled snifter onto the porch for a moment
to smell the mushrooms, laundry, earth
and the delicious wet dog odors
of rain, pouring sloppily and inexactly
into this poem, and the scents swirling around my head
bring remembrance of what I love about the inexact sciences
of poetry, wine and cognac.
Harry Calhoun has received several Pushcart and Sundress Best of the Net nominations and publications in hundreds of poetry journals and many books and chapbooks. Notable among them: the chapbook Failure is Unimportant, which came out in on Flutter Press in 2013, and his Maintenance and Death from England’s Pig Ear Press in 2012. A full-length poetry book, Alarmed in Space and other poems, has been accepted by Unbound Content for release in early 2015. Harry lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Trina and his Labrador mixes Hamlet and Harriet.
Reviewer Phebe Davidson, in Wild Goose Poetry Review, says: “I am seized by resonance, vibrancy–by a voice that heightens language and clarifies experience. Deft and adroit, conversational and profound, Harry Calhoun does both.”