Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Crack in the Skull

Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Crack in the Skull

Article excerpt

The town shut down

the day the school

guardian died ....

Women's breasts went soft,

and the people went to sleep

in the late afternoon,

so great was their grief

The doctor was summoned

and gave his full attention

to the stomach and brain,

wiped the blood

from the collar,

extracted ash-gray

samples from his pockets,

and passed them out

among the members

of his family

like sweetmeats on Thursdays.

He was eulogized by a man

with bushy eyebrows, and a fan,

who works as a drummer.

The words he spoke in his praise

brought the swallows down

from the seventh heaven,

and made one's pills

thick in the throat.

He mentioned the primary

causes of death:

a crack in the Byzantine inscriptions

lining the walls of the skull,

tumescence in the dextral

Latin cause,

fatigue, hunger, vagrancy,

debts and addiction to ruin. …

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