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 Whitefire Summer
Ruark

Summer brings the straw air
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wafting through the old screens (1)
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of empty histories.
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I don’t remember the shards of blood
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shed by the ancestral fragments
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for my children,
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playing on this porch,
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pushing their little toy canoes
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over the hot gray cement.
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We are the final children
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walking alone through the desolate silence
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of the great tawny beach.
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The faithful sea lies dead by our feet:
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after a billion years, it has perished,
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resting, lifeless and broken,
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rotting in its lonely gutter.
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The futile tears of death
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have gathered in our footprints,
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leaving a trail of hopeless little mirrors
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in the ancient sand.
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The quiet, crystal currents
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blow the soft, windy hair
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over the loving flesh,
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a golden testimony to the shining eye
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of the Whitefire Summer.
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The searing heat pours down
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like hot, heavy syrup,
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onto the dogs, sleeping like soppy brown rags,
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oblivious to rocks and dust and black rubber tires;
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onto the cars, cursing dryly in the surging, swirling
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rivers of glass and steel;
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onto the big houses and spinning fans and patient trees
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and grapes and grass and sidewalks and brittle pages.
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1. As in rusty screens on old screen doors.
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