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Poem-A-Day: Dose Four

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 4, 2008


Today’s Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day is by Raymond McDaniel. Mr. McDaniel is an English lecturer at the University of Michigan. A native of Florida, he now lives in Ann Arbor where he hosts a popular reading series at Shaman Drum Bookshop. His publications include two works of poetry, Murder (A Violet) and Saltwater Empire. He also writes about contemporary poetry for the poetry magazine The Constant Critic.

Assault to Abjury

by Raymond McDaniel

Rain commenced, and wind did.A crippled ship slid ashore.

Our swimmer’s limbs went heavy.

The sand had been flattened.

The primary dune, the secondary dune, both leveled.

The maritime forest, extracted.

Every yard of the shore was shocked with jellyfish.

The blue pillow of the man o’ war empty in the afterlight.

The threads of the jellyfish, spent.

Disaster weirdly neatened the beach.

We cultivated the debris field.

Castaway trash, our treasure.

Jewel box, spoon ring, sack of rock candy.

A bicycle exoskeleton without wheels, grasshopper green.

Our dead ten speed.

We rested in red mangrove and sheltered in sheets.

Our bruises blushed backwards, our blisters did.

is it true is it true

God help us we tried to stay shattered but we just got better.

We grew adept, we caught the fish as they fled.

We skinned the fish, our knife clicked like an edict.

We were harmed, and then we healed.

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