Oakland

A new poem

by John Hennessy
You told me you adored me from your grove of oak trees,
surprised me with a hastily scripted pornography of oak trees.

Your feet press the clutch, hands turn the throttle, of oak trees.
I’m suspended beneath you, anticipating the mileage of oak trees.

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John Hennessy is the author of the poetry collection Bridge and Tunnel. His poems have appeared in Poetry, LIT, the New Republic, Harvard Review, the Yale Review, Jacket, and other journals. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts.


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