Waking up to the dark, leaving home in the dark,
This long Northern Winter encloses us.
An eight-sided wild Western coffin.

J.T. Whitehead has published 300 poems in over 100 literary journals, including The Lilliput Review, Slipstream, Left Curve, The Broadkill Review, The Blue Collar Review, Home Planet News, The Iconoclast, Poetry Hotel, Book XI, and Gargoyle. His book The Table of the Elements was nominated for the National Book Award in 2015.