Anthony Opal is an American poet and editor. The author of ACTION, and founding editor of The Economy, his work has appeared in various magazines and journals, including Poetry, Boston Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and Notre Dame Review.
An important contributor to the contemporary sonnet form, Opal's poems are process based with a Surrealistic bent toward subversiveness, specifically regarding categories of the holy and the profane. In an interview for The Conversant, Luke Fidler describes Opal's work as not only juxtaposing images and formal elements, but "modes of experience, of remembering, of anticipating."
dear god-and-a-half dear action painter
dear compassionate sloth and hammerhead
shark who willingly gave up the hammer
dear directionless each and every
direction at once dear homeless zoo
keeper dark inverted sun and broke-
winged finch healed-winged falcon dear
surprising January rain running
quickly from rooftops like prophets’ voices
in the wind which brought it to them
not beyond infection or cancer or
arthritis or fevers or doubt but rather
those unseen jet streams howling throughout
the land to break things up again