For a poetry conference about
POETRY THAT MATTERS
plan to attend Split This Rock's 2018 (April 19-21) Festival.
Information about the festival and how to register available here.
Headline: Six Killed in Raid by Sarah Browning
Six American soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter killed
in booby trapped house.
-- Fourth paragraph of Washington Post story
The Iraqi interpreter lent
his tongue, teeth, the tender
upper ridges of his mouth
to the Americans.
I used to believe
the secret of seven
was its spike and splendor.
We won’t know
his name, his burying
place, the tea he drank,
his daughter, the shoes he wore.
"Headline: Six Killed in Raid" is found in Browning's
new collection, Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017).
The name "Split This Rock" is pulled from a line in “Big Buddy,” a poem from Langston Hughes.
Don’t you hear this hammer ring?
I’m gonna split this rock
And split it wide!
When I split this rock,
Stand by my side.
Split This Rock's website
offers a large data-base of SOCIAL JUSTICE POETRY .
Find time to visit there and read!