Two Poems by Joshua Eric Williams


no birds
to speak of
birthday rain


The dawn’s good

news: I’m glad,
though sorry for

the losses, cloudless
sky, and droughts

like dragging nights.
They’ll come again

with encased light
and shadow puppets,

but now, sunlight
dries the darkness

until I wish
for night again.


Joshua Eric Williams graduated with an MFA in Poetry and an M.A. in Nature Writing from Western Colorado University. His poetry has appeared in Measure, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Sonic Boom, Rattle, and many other print and online journals. In 2014, he won the Eclectic Poetry Prize. His recent honors include: the selection of his poem “Barriers” for publication in an anthology of pandemic writing, The Great Isolation, his collection, The Strangest Conversation (Red Moon Press, 2019), receiving an honorable mention in the Haiku Society of America’s 2020 Merit Book Awards, Rattle nominating his poem “haiku” for a 2022 Pushcart Prize, and The Haiku Foundation featuring his haiga for the month of March this year.

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