PoetryIssue 15 | June 2012

Taking the First Shot After a Three-Year Absence

by Tim Suermondt

I thought of Galileo’s globe,
how he used it for inspiration
and the second his fingers touch
the Indian Ocean I let my shot go,
giving it the hip, Downtown Brown
arc, watching the ball’s slow rotation
make its way to the rim, bounce
and spin upward and fall through
the net hanging on by a few strands.
I shamelessly pump my fist
as I get back on defense and Galileo
waters his geraniums, which he did
whenever he felt he was closing
in on satisfaction, something big.

About the author

Tim Suermondt and his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong, live in Brooklyn but love to travel to places like Hong Kong and Vietnam. Suermondt’s poems can be found in The Georgia Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner and Stand Magazine(UK), among others. He is the author of two collections of poems.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok