poetry critical

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Poetry Critical 2.0

Hey guys, Donald here.

In a few weeks, this site will be 9 years old. 9 years! And I still know some of the earliest submissions by heart.

But, boy. That’s like 102 in web-years. So it’s time for something new. I’m building that something now with my nights-and-weekend minutes (and plenty of coffee). Buy me a cup?

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Random Poem:

The insistence of letters
slancho

The emptied shelves grow dusty as I wake up,
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one day closer to departure.  On a rented  
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desk table, a cacophony of balled notes and
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bled pencils mocks the idea that every passing
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thought must be accompanied by a commentary.
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Each poetry book takes its cue from a memory
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and I doubt whether I will need at all the ones
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already swept away by the shallow token of grief:
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my un-disciplined pen prawling about like a nomad
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pleased by the resistance and ambush of pain.
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Like foreign bodies, the volumes pile on the bed,
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pushing their weight to a limit dynamic and too desirable
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to discipline easily.  For weeks, I’ve packed and re-
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packed them on long lists, familiar names of authors
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adaptable and elemental, though beyond the power to heal.  
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I cannot make up my mind and copy feverishly
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random stanzas on recycled paper, other rhymes
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already mapping the foundations of my next home.
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The books to leave behind, I pile in a corner
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to see how much I’ll have to do without.  Enough.
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