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Boneshepherds: Poems Paperback – October 18, 2011
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Just listen to these lines from "Ars Poetica: After a Dog" (sorry for lost formatting here): Some of us will not get fed / but let's listen, spooning in the dark, for / laughter, / for it we're lucky, sometimes both / the darkness and the laughter are our own. // This is America. If we've no choice / but sing / in multitude no better than / the soul of a wrongly punished dog, may / God, for once, not grant us many more things / as foolish as that, given the way we / ruin our guts on rusted steel and bloom."
And these lines from "A Tradition of Pianos": "I wanted to write a poem about you, and all I could think of / was your name, all the stories asleep inside it, / the way a piano holds so many notes, / and each note itself, a choir, silent, until the choir's touched, / and my god, how whole crowds move when they move."
There are poems about family, friends, love, torture, culture/identity, other poets ("Sundiata Elegy" is especially beautiful), and more. A beautiful, well-rounded book that I read straight through and turned over to begin again the moment I finished.