Trio House Press
publishing distinct voices in American Poetry
since 2011

Songbox by Kirk Wilson

Winner of the 2020 Trio Award, selected by Malena Mörling

Kirk Wilson’s work in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction is widely published in journals including New England Review, Southern Indiana Review, Idaho Review, Crazyhorse, Eclipse, and others, and in anthologies such as The 64 Best Poets (Black Mountain Press), This Side of the Divide (Baobab Press), New Millennium Writings (New Millennium), and others. His awards include an NEA Fellowship and prizes in all three genres. His past publications include The Early Word, a poetry chapbook from Burning Deck press, and Unsolved, a true crime book published in six editions in the US and UK. Kirk’s website is www.KirkWilsonBooks.com.

                  Genealogy

 

In the wood I come

upon a stand

 

of family portraits

each a world

 

of inner progeny

and rooms vertiginous

 

keys in the shapes

of circus animals

 

Slowly at first

the underground

 

remembers its capacity

to justify a transmigration

 

the light changing now

and though we all

 

look in the same

direction we are alone

 

with the items

that we bring