Gregory Luce


For Naomi

If this room is our world, then let
that other world be damned. This
faint light on your face is all I need
to live by, your face the only book
I need to read. Let day be damned, and
daylight that stings the eyes, illuminates
the cracks and clutter, and silences
the crickets that rasp a lullaby sweeter
than the morning birdsí orisons.

Gregory Luce

Gregory Luce was born in Dallas, Texas in 1954. He grew up in Texas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, receiving a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Oklahoma State University. Following additional graduate work in writing at the University of Southern Mississippi, he moved to Washington, D.C., in 1980. For twenty-three years he has been employed by the National Geographic Society in the Pre-Press Division where he is currently Production Manager for National Geographic Magazine. He has published poems in Kudzu, Kansas Quarterly, New Laurel Review, Rikka (Canada), Iron (UK), Ochlockonee Review, Cimarron Review, Shades of Gray, Dancing Shadows Review, and Link.  The father of two sons, he currently resides in Washington's Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.



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