Richard Siken


Richard Siken is the author of Blue Jupiters (Copper Canyon Press, 2021), War of the Foxes (Copper Canyon Press, 2015) and Crush (Yale University Press, 2006), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 2004. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. Source

Detail of the Fire

A man with a bandage is in the middle of something.

Everyone understands this. Everyone wants a battlefield.


Red. And a little more red.


Accidents never happen when the room is empty.

Everyone understands this. Everyone needs a place.


People like to think war means something.


What can you learn from your opponent? More than you think.

Who will master this love? Love might be the wrong word.


Let's admit, without apology, what we do to each other.

We know who our enemies are. We know.






Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:


Love & Relationships

Violence & War

Literary Devices:


two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit


exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally


a figure of speech wherein a writer raises a question and then immediately answers it

Interrupted Clause

a word group (a statement, question, or exclamation) that interrupts the flow of a sentence and is usually set off by commas, dashes, or parentheses