The poem “Ode to Country Music” appears in the poetry collection Further Problems with Pleasure by Sandra Simonds, published by the University of Akron Press as part of the Akron Series in Poetry. Visit uakron.edu/uapress to order a copy of Sandra’s book and to browse other Akron Series in Poetry books.
Ode To Country Music
If I wasn’t such a deadbeat, I’d learn Greek.
I wouldn’t write sonnets; I’d write epics
and odes. I’d love a man or woman who was
acceptable, conformed to every code.
I’d finally put together my IKEA desk and write my epic or ode
at sunset over my suburb. How I would love my shrubs!
But all I do is listen to country (and the occasional Joni)
and smoke weed. Judge me judge me
judge me. Oh I’ve been through the shallows.
I shallow. I hope. I hole. I know
I wrote you the most brutal love poem love knows.
Sandra Simonds is the author of several collections of poetry including Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012) and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2014 and 2015. She is a professor of English and humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.