Poetry / Peter LaBerge

It is comforting to know
the man will replace
a body of similar size

of similar intent, promise
and so-on—I can
nearly draw a line in snow

from him I have
not met to him of my day—
him I dare not say

because he is not yet
real. I am satisfied to line
the mind with stones

to announce the heat
will happen somewhere
around here. But no one

can predict the cold,
the body it will bring. Try
as I might, I know

I could not know
every part of winter
before he has come.

Peter LaBerge is the author of the chapbook Hook (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015), recently included on the American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow List. His poems appear or will soon appear in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets 2014, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Indiana Review, Pleiades, and Sixth Finch, among others. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Bucknell University Stadler Center for Poetry, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Adroit Journal. He lives in Philadelphia, where he is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.