This week we welcome Howard Altmann as our guest author. Howard grew up in Montreal, graduated from McGill and Stanford, was a banker for a bit, left that world more than a bit ago, and has lived in New York City for a byte-sized amount of time. He is the author of two poetry collections, the second of which, In This House, was published by Turtle Point Press in 2010. His poems have appeared in Little Star, Poetry, Slate, The Yale Review and elsewhere, in addition to the anthology, New Writings of the Americas: From Patagonia to Nunavut, forthcoming from Texas Tech University Press. Read his poem "Fragments" here and "Desert Sounds" here.