Monthly Archives: August 2009

War Criminals & Other Crimes of Forgetting

1. My Lai A. Lt. William Calley, a forgotten heel in the ’60s for hip-hop kids, finally apologized for what he had denied to the victims whom “he herded into a local irrigation ditch & killed with automatics…” at My … Continue reading

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August 21 & Other Poems

1. The Man in White The long haul from Boston to Manila took only a second in his mind: a formation of military guards was on hand to quicken his arrival. O he finally knew he was home. He expected … Continue reading

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Poems of Cynicism

1. Postmortem A. So many questions about the dead: to shed a tear or shrug it off, the whole infinitude of mourning… How to weigh the fruits of a passage to the cosmos of light or infernal region? No traveler … Continue reading

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Morning After: Final Tribute

A. After the burial her absence becomes more real, palpable. & she, the favored one, won’t be able to stand the silence of the room. Once upon a time she would hie off to her sanctum to hear her comforting … Continue reading

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Black Poems for August

I. Widow Redux A. The passing was expected by devotees of the Cross: she’ll expire at the appointed hour of the Fatima, & grace heaven exorcised of pain & human pleasure. Intimated such as they held the wake, clasping her … Continue reading

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