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Friday, August 28, 2009

Blind Review Friday

Blind Review Friday.

The author shall remain anonymous (unless they chose to divulge themselves in the comments.)

Those commenting are also welcome to remain anonymous if they wish.


Incendiary comments will be removed.

If you would like your piece thrown to the wolves send it to salinger@ameritech.net with "Workshop the hell out of this poem" as the subject line.

(if you had work submitted and it has not yet appeared in BRF please resubmit - we unfortunately lost our backlog due to an e-mail accident.)

Last review's offering of "All Summer Long" is written by Carol Frost - this weeks selection is also from an established author:

September Song

born 19.6.32 - deported 24.9.42
Undesirable you may have been, untouchable
you were not. Not forgotten
or passed over at the proper time.

As estimated, you died. Things marched,
sufficient, to that end.
Just so much Zyklon and leather, patented
terror, so many routine cries.

(I have made
an elegy for myself it
is true)

September fattens on vines. Roses
flake from the wall. The smoke
of harmless fires drifts to my eyes.

This is plenty. This is more than enough.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great juxtaposition of imagery, but at the end I'm not sure what it's about.
Untouchables-- India?

Anonymous said...

Zyklon is the lethal gas the Nazis used in the concentration camps. The poem is about Holocaust victims.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

I believe the first line of the poem is missing; it should start:

born 19.6.32 - deported 24.9.42


Putting the first line in would make the subject a little less obscure.

michael salinger said...

"I believe the first line of the poem is missing; "

Not just a belief at all Geoff - a fact, as you knew.

Thanks for the catch - a cut and paste error on my part for which I apologize and have corrected.

Cited...

The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau