Ars Poetica by Leslie McGrath – Poems | Academy of American Poets

Ars  Poetica

Leslie McGrath

To have
even a
lotto chance

of getting
within yourself

you don’t quite know
but feel

To cling
to the periphery
through the constant

re-drawing of its

To make
what Makers make

you must set aside

Leave it
a lumpy backpack
by the ticket window
at the station

Let the gentleman
in pleated khakis
pressed for time

claim it

The certainty
not the poem.


Leslie McGrath was the author of the poetry collections Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives (The Word Works, 2018), Out From the Pleiades: a picaresque novella in verse(Jaded Ibis Press, 2014), and Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage (Main St. Rag, 2009). She received the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry in 2004. She taught at Central Connecticut State University from 2009 – 2019, and lived in Essex, Connecticut. She died on August 7, 2020.

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