National Poetry Month: My American Night

In honor of April being National Poetry Month, we’ve decided to post poems from our most recent anthologies. This week we are highlighting My American Night, poems by Christopher P. Collins and selected by David Bottoms. They are brutal yet reflective poems that come to grips with the horrors of war. My America Night is the winner of the Georgia Poetry Prize.

Collins_My American Night

Song for a Lost Team

—after Bruce Wiegl


Upon returning to my quarters
after the chaplain’s service
for the three soldiers killed,

I lay a picture of my wife
and our two kids
on the green cot, then

cut a small groove
into my right thigh
with the sharpened
bayonet’s point—

anything, just to feel.

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