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Poem of the week: After Work by Richard Jones

By Richard Jones Coming up from the subway into the cool Manhattan evening, I feel rough hands on my heart– women in the market yelling over rows of tomatoes and peppers, old men sitting on a stoop playing cards, cabbies cursing each other with fists while the music of church bells sails over the street, and the father, angry and tired after working all day, embracing his little girl, mi vida, mi corazón brushing the hair out of her eyes so she can see. Contributor’s Note: RICHARD JONES will be the guest poet of the 17th annual Williamsville Poetry, Music, Art and Dance Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday in Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road, Amherst. He is the author seven collections of poetry (all published by Copper Canyon Press), including “The Correct Spelling & Exact Meaning” (2009), “Apropos of Nothing” (2006), and “The Blessing: New and Selected Poems” (2000). Since 1987, he has been professor of English at DePaul University in Chicago.