Poem | “Ode to Country Music” by Sandra Simonds September 16th, 2018 09/16/2018 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. Check out more poems here: “Notes of First Kisses” by Sarah Perrier “Cussing in the Playground” by Oliver de la Paz “Wind Aflush in the Head, A Wakefulness” by Emily Rosko (Cover image courtesy of the University of Akron Press) Tell your friends:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.