Travis Nichols is the author of two collections of poetry—Iowa(Letter Machine Editions, 2010), and See Me Improving (Copper Canyon Press, 2010)—and the novel Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder (Coffee House Press, 2010). He is associate editor at the Poetry Foundation, as well as editor of the online magazine Weird Deer. He regularly contributes to The Believer, Paste, The Stranger, and the Huffington Post, and his work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and journals, such as the Boston Review, Crowd, Lungfull!, and Denver Quarterly. He lives in Chicago.
Poem for Paul
Soon, in a kindergarten of trees
a carrot will spurt
from a small hole in the ground
and pin the berserk heart
of a rabbit to the sun.
from See Me Improving, Copper Canyon 2010