Temple Cone

Temple Cone is Professor of English at the United States Naval Academy and the former Poet Laureate for the City of Annapolis. He is the author of five books of poetry: Sky Bright Psalms, which won the Cathexis Northwest Book Contest; Guzzle; That Singing; The Broken Meadow, which received the Old Seventy Creek Poetry Press Series Prize; and No Loneliness, which received the FutureCycle Press Poetry Book Prize. He has also published seven poetry chapbooks, as well as reference works on Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Walt Whitman, and 20th-Century American Poetry. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Wisconsin, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Washington and Lee University.

Odds & Ends

Rilke composed his Sonnets

to Orpheus in two months

after finishing the great Elegies,

ten years in the making.


So we labor at grief,

drawing constellations from chaos,

and when we pause, gracious

starlight comes unbidden.

From "A Father's Story"