Tag: history

Gorky Spat

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Dostoyevsky

Under my suburban childhood -
then my laesie apprenticeships -
and away at my vacant universities
I openly embraced an older man -
Maxim Gorky - that Soviet rouser -
within a series of . . .

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War Poets

Paul Verlaine's Chanson d'automne
was coded - still popular poetry -
to give notice -

his long sobs of French-sung violins
declared an Allied invasion
to those listening

Whilst she never understood speeches
of love - and our common
mistakes -

I would rarely read to her - she rarely read . . .

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Smoke Over Paris

Their Lady of Paris burnt
in one online afternoon
Her re-imagined spire
tipped to robes of smoke

like a bloodied lance
in surrender - once more -
to politics and holy battles
in a kindless fog of war

Her heated metals ran
as dark beaded sweats
from her swealing . . .

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