This salesman cares for you and me,
enough at least to come this far
to say we don’t deserve to be
as happy as we think we are.
Robert West‘s poems have recently appeared in The New Verse News, Algebra of Owls, Still: The Journal, and Asheville Poetry Review. He’s the author of three chapbooks of poems, the latest of which is Convalescent (Finishing Line Press, 2011); co-editor of Succinct: The Broadstone Anthology of Short Poems (Broadstone Books, 2013); and editor of both volumes of The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons (W. W. Norton, 2017).