Best Poem of R. T. Smith

Wade Seego Believes Soylent Green Is People
Down here we say we dare defend our rights,
our state motto. I'd back Charlton Heston
for any office in the land. A Christian,
he speaks right up. He's got his head on straight,
and people listen. Even on the screen
of a honky-tonk TV he still looks
like a hero, and he wouldn't let freaks
take over our . . .
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Rogue Russets
Surprised by a frill of white flower
where I'd never planted an eye,
I decided to fence it with sticks

and let the renegade live
in undoctored soil where the garden
gave way to volunteer poplars

and acidic white pine. Why not?
After all, away from the tribe,
in clay where beetles drill
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