This poem appears in a 284-page anthology, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, edited by Robert L. Giron. Other poets in the anthology include Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Dana Gioia, Joy Harjo, and Arthur Rimbaud.
Clifton gives an overview of the book:
St. Anthony's Church
in Questa, New Mexico,
erected a plaque
on a pedestal
outside its doors
to honor all the dead
of the world.
I looked in vain
for a corresponding plaque
to honor the bone-thin
babies starving or dying from HIV
in South Central, L.A.,
in Albuquerque or Santa Fe,
in barrios below the border,
the Sudan, the streets of
Calcutta or North Korea,
the armless children
in Iraq, the legless soldiers of
all countries, the untold numbers
of grieving parents, brothers, sisters,
I looked & found
lovely yellow & orange wild flowers
growing in a white planter shaped
like a cross.
Clifton Snider is the author of ten highly-acclaimed books of poetry, including The Age of the Mother (1992), The Alchemy of Opposites (2000), and Moonman: New and Selected Poems (2012). His novel about a bisexual rock star, Loud Whisper,...