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No Blues This Raucous Song

by Lynn Wagner

2009, 24 pages


Winner of the 2009 Sapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition.



"Unjust Spring"

The skunk cabbage have already upstaged the winter woods—
their hungry innards create a solitary heat, enough
to burn a hole in this season's dolor while

my green desire remains underground, the earth so compacted
it seems the bulbs will never breathe. The irises
in the flower man's white plastic bucket

shrivel and frill. They miss Costa Rica and are all bruised tongue.
Even the daffodils disappoint—their deep trumpets
soundless, fingery stigma and anthers

pining for honeybees. There is never enough. And though I buy
a clutch of tulips, it hardly consoles. They remind me
of my loneliness. I strip off

their broad, imploring leaves and cram them
into a vase so tall they knock heads
and dare not open.



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Audio Sample:

As read by the author, Lynn Wagner

 

About the Author:

Lynn Wagner
Praise For No Blues This Raucous Song


"Lynn Wagner's poems deftly honor our unruly impulses. She has a marvelous ear for the rhythmic urgencies of the American tounge and a wicked wit. No word goes unnoticed on her shrewd yet passionate watch."

     —Baron Wormser

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