Richard Greenfield
Contributor History

Richard Greenfield is the author of SubterraneanTracer (both Omnidawn), and A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of California Press). Poems have been anthologized in The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Books) and most recently in Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean). Recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and OpinionOversound, The Minnesota Review, and Zócalo Public Square. He teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, lives in El Paso, Texas, and co-edits Apostrophe Books.  



In Print

Vol. 80
Ways of Water
Spring 2023
Edited by Bradford Morrow


September 20, 2023
The Rachel stands tuned  
            to multiplicities, 
aslant in a territory of longing,
            where she becomes foreign.

            What has she found?
She listens, acknowledges another sound,
            diffuse, multiple,  
pulsing thought, oscillations, whisperings,
            never only one.
September 13, 2023
I had yet to discover the source of that star, it came and it passed but from where it sprang and then fell to fading remained a mystery. In cycling its light lent its powers to coloring my tablecloth a lighter shade, relieving pigment from its duty to darken, except for those spots where I placed my bottles and cups, shielding only parts of the piece from fading, threads left closer to their original hues hewed to others abandoned as wraiths to their fates, a darker ring the mark of those who stayed behind.
September 6, 2023
Where the trees blackened, I saw,

Quickly, three deer lean into goldenness.

It seems, although wildfires rage

Out of control, this world remembers

Some portion of its first purposes:

Superfluous beauty