By Michael Collier
An person History describes the fears, anger, and guilt—personal, familial, societal, political, and historical—that include a existence. The determine of the speaker’s maternal grandmother who was once institutionalized for 5 a long time serves as an overriding metaphor for this haunting, daring new paintings by means of a necessary American poet.
from “An person History”
This used to be sooner than the time of lithium and Zoloft
before temper stabilizers and anxiolytics
and just about all the psychotropic medications, yet now not before
which the suicide O’Laughlin known as “handcuffs for the
It was once earlier than, in the course of, and after the time of atomic
Auschwitz, the Nakba, DDT, and also you may well take water
find solace in quarantines, perform shunnings,
or stand at Lourdes one of the canes and crutches.
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Crouch turned away in disgust. "Ask Dorie an' see what she says. " He waited by the bench and watched the people come down the aisle. They came slowly in little groups, never alone, and always there was much talk and shaking of hands. A child in a candy-striped dress came with her finger in her mouth and stared at him a moment in wondering silence before she ran away. Colonel Lee, the hound dog came, and sniffed at his trousers and his hands, and when he learned there was no food, walked on. Marsh didn't blame the dog.
The heavy breathing of Old Willie Copenhaver on the other end of the porch came so loud that she turned to look at him. He sat as he had been setting for the last hour, his bark bottomed chair tilted against the house wall, his head dropped forward with his bushy gray beard spread over his chest; one knobby, blue-veined hand on the Bible in his lap, the other on a hickory sapling cane. His son, Young Willie, a tall, stoop-shouldered bachelor in his late fifties, sat a few feet away. Mostly he watched the other occupant of the porcha little old man with thin white hair and bright Page 2 blue eyescarve a hazel nut basket, though sometimes he glanced concernedly toward his father.
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An Individual History: Poems by Michael Collier