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Rodd Whelpley

Preening in July

In the parking lot
the delightful narcissist
goldfinch alights on
one rearview, then the next – sings
to his love at every stop.

Rodd Whelpley is the secret poet in residence at the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, where he also runs an electric efficiency program for 33 cities in the state.

Rodd Whelpley

New Year’s Resolution

Physically
and egotistically
there needs to be
much less of me.

Rodd Whelpley is the secret poet in residence at the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, where he also runs an electric efficiency program for 33 cities in the state.

Rodd Whelpley

Those Gordal Olives at Whole Foods

In back of every perfect gift,
we crave to find the hand of God,
but rarely want to pray
to that girl, who never did well in school,
wearing now from nine to five
blue latex gloves
and dreaming always
of Saturday night,
as she makes
her minimum wage
and also the miracle
of these almond slivers
in the pits.

Rodd Whelpley is the secret poet in residence at the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, where he also runs an electric efficiency program for 33 cities in the state.

Rodd Whelpley

Excerpt from the Orientation Spiel

You’ll be surprised to learn,
but at the Illinois
Municipal Electric Agency
weeks may pass without
mention of Walt Whitman,
as though he never was.

Rodd Whelpley is doing his best with what he has.

Rodd Whelpley

If I were younger,
looking good and on the make,
and you were you, but
desperate, I’m sure that we
would train wreck something lovely.

Rodd Whelpley is a
writer in Illinois whose
hobbies include sad
displays of his egregious
misuse of the tanka form.