Jack B. Bedell
—Photographic Print Triptych by Sam Davis,
Graphite Gallery, NOLA 2019
How soon will it be before
taking our helmets off to admire
the valley will seem luxurious,
before it’s just a matter of minutes
until we have to breathe
from our air tanks again,
put our gloves back on before
the sun and wind peel our skin?
And when the sand blows
through the valley below us,
will we remember the sound
Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collection is No Brother, This Storm (Mercer University Press, 2018). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.