Upcycling - Jim Kraus

The last tear precedes
a kind of acceptance, happiness, maybe.
Wearing old clothes,

someone else’s, brought home
from the secondhand store
to try on, alter, embroider,

retrofit or upcycle,
each time a new identity,
all of the same cloth.

Jim Kraus has been writing and publishing poetry since the 1970s. He is Professor of English at Chaminade University of Honolulu, where he teaches creative writing, nature writing and surf studies. His work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Hawai’i Review, Bamboo Ridge, Neologism Poetry Journal, Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Cape Rock and elsewhere. New work is forthcoming in Pudding Magazine and Bamboo Ridge. He has also published critical articles about Gary Snyder, W.S. Merwin, Ezra Pound and Galway Kinnell, and has contributed an essay on poetry and nuclearism to the forthcoming volume Toxic Immanence: Nuclear Legacies and Futures from McGill-Queens University Press. He is also editor of Chaminade Literary Review as well as an avid surfer and swimmer.