November Leaves

Adam Giannelli

They are like paintings left
by someone who has died,
like an apology offered

the following morning, or
the posture of a man reading
about his son in the newspaper.

It crinkles in his hands, and
as the wind purges the patio
he lets it fall.

Adam Giannelli
graduated from the MFA program at the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. He is the editor of High Lonesome: On the Poetry of Charles Wright (Oberlin College Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in Field, Water-Stone Review, Smartish Pace, Best New Poets 2009, and elsewhere.