After Wang An-shih
Walking all day along the rivers, I can’t say enough about rivers.
Grow old near rivers, and rivers become your old teachers.
When the thousands of brilliant leaves drift away, the river remains.
Even reflecting balding mountains, the river deepens humility.
Jeff Oaks‘ newest chapbook, Mistakes with Strangers, will be published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2013. His poem “Saint Wrench” was selected for Best New Poets 2012 by Matthew Dickman. A recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, Jeff Oaks has published poems in a number of literary magazines, most recently in Prairie Schooner, Rhino, Field, Bloom, Court Green, Zocalo Public Square, and Poemeleon. His essays have appeared in At Length, My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, and in Creative Nonfiction. He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.