The Works of Richard Luftig

Richard Luftig is a past professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio who now resides in California. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature and a semi-finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Japan, Canada, Australia, Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong and India. One of his poems was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Poetry Prize.

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From Ten-thousand Feet

The Ohio below

all oxbows, channels

offshoots leading


nowhere. Inscapes

of furrowed fields.

Then gray cumulous


or mountains.

From up here

one can never tell.


And then, always

without warning,



reveal farms, towns

sliding in and out

like errant thoughts.


from Webster’s Dictionary

A skein perhaps
as thread or yarn,
loosely wound
like rolled-up
hay in fresh
May fields.

Or if at sea
a ring, a link,
the shackle secured
to sail or jib
this mast, that gaff.

Sea-worthy sounds
that lean like grass
along a beach. Delights
found at leisure from a book,
strewn about like ocean
breezes that might
at poem’s end find
their way safely home.