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The Threadbare Coat The Threadbare Coat Thomas A. Clark Ed. Matthew Welton
Letters to America Letters to America Fred D'Aguiar
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Poem of the Day

and Pierre?

Laura Scott

With his ripe face like one of those pale freckled pears
you hold in your hand and his mind shuddering across it
 
like a bruise – he’s legible to all the world. With his great legs,
broad and strong as the trees, he walks in and out of chapters

smelling of eau de cologne, or an animal that sleeps in a barn.
With his long fingers running across the stubble on his jaw,

he listens to the black Russian rain before he picks up his pen.
With his eyes so blue you’d think he’d drunk the sky down

with all that champagne, he watches the soldiers (red epaulettes
and high boots) drag that boy to the place where they shoot him.

He watches the boy pull his loose coat tight before he sags and slides
down the post. And when it’s all over, he watches them roll him

gently into the hole with the others and before he can look away
he sees, there in the earth, the boy’s shoulder still moving.
Taken from 'New Poetries VII'...
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