Josh Medsker

Josh Medsker’s writing has appeared in many publications, including: Contemporary American Voices, The Brooklyn Rail, The Review Review, Haiku Journal, and Red Savina Review. For a complete list of Mr. Medsker’s publications, please visit his website. (

Planctus for My Youth

(After Elizabeth Bishop)



I still think of you, in dark times
and light.

The skins I have shed, bold
and fragile alike, trail behind me

ribbons of memory—

Shorter now, having been hooked on
this pain or that, torn away, leaving

ragged edges, but still there.





Used to be that a song could
set everything right side up


with a chord
change or word


Oh me
Please let me be that free again.