Robert P. Cooke | The Sun Magazine

Robert P. Cooke

Robert P. Cooke lives in Highland, Indiana, where he hopes there will be enough snow this winter to keep him inside, working on a collection of poems.

— From October 2012

Selected Poems

from “Reading Lu Yu in Winter” | I wonder how he was able to bear the cold of China, / Traveling the rivers and outpost roads. / The fires he wrote about were always small, / A few willow twigs or scraps of bark.

October 2012

Leaning Back In My Chair, Feet Up On The Garden Table

I find nothing to do / And fall asleep under the sun / Near my wife’s peony beds.

August 2011

In The Third Century B.C.

I’m growing fatter at each winter’s coming. / My wineglass filling up again / As I sit behind the wall of my garden.

November 2009

An Anthology Of Chinese Poetry

“All has come to nothing,” he writes. / In old age his clothes are tattered and thin, / His hut without a door; sick, / He suffers bad dreams.

April 2007
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