Last year I taught 9th and 10th grade English. This poem is one of several about my students who in the contradictions and complexities of that age continually surprised me. Towards the end of the year several of the 10th grade boys came to school with mohawks. Their haircuts, serious and playful, meaningful and absurd, became a way for me to think about the shifting boundaries between our inner and outer lives.
Josh is a Wallace Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, and Verse Daily. He lives in San Francisco.