Monday, January 14, 2013

John W. Sexton- A Poem

Her Deepest Breath

feb 14th 1818 ...
child Edgar's charming
beetle wing necklace

crumbling cakehouse -
nutjelly and peabutter

rope trick …
caught on a minaret
the magic carpet unravels 

chitin tombstones
Bluebeard buried those wives
under his nails

She the gritty pith
of an arbutus fruit ...
O Brightness of Brightness

her deepest breath ...
ravens of spaceblack

e. dickinson zero boned
...  a narrow fellow parts
the couch-grass

dating the 60 ft woman
was a walk-in

translucent songs
of moonstone blue ...
Sirens siren upside-nine

John W. Sexton lives in the Republic of Ireland and is the author of four previous poetry collections, the most recent being Vortex (Doghouse, 2005) and Petit Mal (Revival Press, 2009). His fifth collection, The Offspring of the Moon, is due from Salmon Poetry in spring 2013. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

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