A Sagittarian Looks Toward the Sky

For Beauty

When she says
Look at those stars
what she’s seeing
are the stars beyond

the stars The ones
you can’t see Not
even by looking into
her eyes if you were

one of the lucky ones
who she let do so Yet
there are many who
greatly desire to look

into her eyes knowing
they still won’t be able
to see those stars
beyond the stars

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Bill McCloud

Bill McCloud, a three-time Teacher of the Year, has been teaching American history since 1974. His new book, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969, published by the Balkan Press, consists of 107 poems that take the reader, chronologically, through his year in Vietnam. David Willson, poetry editor of the VVA Veteran says the poems rank “right at the top of the heap” of Vietnam War poetry. Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, the current poet laureate of Oklahoma, calls the book “necessary reading.”

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