Tuesday, February 26, 2013

John W. Sexton- Two Poems

Fossilized Sky

chunk of coprolite ...
not even a whiff
of the rancid prairies

dry lake bed a down-
wards tower ... ghost sharks
patrol a fossilized sky

Phobos and Deimos
the loudly named
mousy pebbles

Nitwits of Now

Verne's spinning-top
space-machine ... puréed Parisians 
to the Moon

jellyfish arrays
conduct thought to psychbanks ...
release the safety cough

the realtime Time Machine
we went missing a week
to come to this

myth-representation …
nitwits of now
are always the gods of then

John W. Sexton lives in the Republic of Ireland and is the author of four previous poetry collections, the most recent being Vortex (Doghouse, 2005) and Petit Mal (Revival Press, 2009). His fifth collection, The Offspring of the Moon, is due from Salmon Poetry in spring 2013. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

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