John Kaprielian


dawn behind branches
of bare oaks
reaching up
to caress the glowing disk
of the winter sun.

Black crows call
to one another
beaks agape
echoing down the cold streets.
They know it’s trash day.


A nature photographer and photo editor by occupation, John Kaprielian brings his keen eye for natural history to his poems, which are often inspired by his observations. He studied creative writing at Cornell with the poet A.R. Ammons while getting his degree in Russian Linguistics, and is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. His work has been published in The Blue Nib, Minute Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Crêpe & Penn, and other journals. He lives in Putnam County, NY, with his wife, teen son, and assorted pets.