The Cold Moon. Poems by Jerry Judge, selected by Ron Mohring as Number 1 in Volume 5 of our Editor’s Series.
Tender yet relentless, these poems cut to the hard bone of grief with a harrowing focus. When the sun burns too brightly, the moon may be all the light we can bear. In the aftermath of sudden loss, Judge deftly illuminates the forces of sorrow through poems that eschew embellishments and go straight to the heart.
Publication: March 21, 2021 [100 copies]
Second printing: February 1, 2022
Jerry Judge lives in Cincinnati with two imperial cats and a sweet rescue dog, Luna, who walks him twice daily. The author of seven previous poetry chapbook collections, he is a past president of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League and facilitated the poetry group for Cincinnati Writers Project.
The Waitress at Cootie Browns in Johnson City
She worked two tables over
to my left, an angel light-
skinned and so petite yet tough
enough to work double shifts.
She looked like you when young.
I did not dare risk talking
to her and breaking the spell.