My Ideal Religion
by Mark Blaeuer
would have stained glass,
the smell of a used bookshop,
secret paths between hometown streets,
cases of botanical specimens idiosyncratically arranged,
hot tea at old wooden tables,
and a God-given right to heresy.
Mark Blaeuer got his M.A. in 1989 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and has made his home in the state ever since. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Charleston Anvil,The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, El Portal, Nimrod, RE:AL, Slant, Town Creek Poetry  and Westview. His two most recent books are Fragments of a Nocturne (Kelsay Books, 2014) and Baseball in Hot Springs (Arcadia Press, 2016). Read his previous poems in Deep South here.