Ancestral Sonnet and Remembrance Tankas: Responses to Li Qingzhao’s “Little Overlapping Hills”

Ancestral Sonnet and Remembrance Tankas: Responses to Li Qingzhao’s “Little Overlapping Hills” #Montreal #poetry #词

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Ancestral Sonnet

Now the gingkoes are golden,
The ash trees completely bare,
The locust half-green, half-brown,
And soon the Day of the Dead’s
Slow parade of our deceased
Will limp like our damaged dreams
Through the darkened, leaf-strewn streets,
Lines stretching all the way back
To a random single-celled
Organism’s fatal wish
To exist and so begin
The terrible rhythms of
Recombinant DNA,
Reprodu…

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Monkey No Aware #39— God and Racism

Monkey No Aware #39— God and Racism

lacrimae rerum by Andrew Grimes Griffin“Racism is real in the same way God is real. They are both constructs invented to torture, enslave and dehumanize our fellow humans.  They persist because they are useful to those in power, those who wish to maintain—or increase—their power over others, those who need fictitious differences to mask real inequalities, inequities that they benefit from.”
– AGG20141016

To see all the Monkey No…

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  • #autumn #fall #public parks
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While We Waited for His Love: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Rouged Lips”

While We Waited for His Love: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Rouged Lips” #globalwarming #christianity #love #poetry

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One-thousand strands of worry
X    Wrapping a single,
X         Absent man,
X              A single kiss
X                   In a midnight garden,
During my lifetime we’ve killed
Half the wild animals on the planet
X    —but rescued so many, many
X          puppies and kittens—
All of this happened
While I gazed out windows
Waiting for him to arrive,
X    The ice caps melted
X         And the…

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Resurrection Spell: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “On the Trail of Sweet Incense”

Resurrection Spell: A Response to Li Qingzhao’s “On the Trail of Sweet Incense” #Montreal #Lebanon #Ziad #poetry

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Sorry to wake you—
So new to the grave—with my
Resurrection spell
Clawing at the fresh-turned earth
And chrysanthemums wilting

Should I let you settle in
Let silent worms gnaw awhile
Before I begin
With my incessant chanting
Demanding a sign

A danse macabre
Some late-night chain rattling
Disembodied moans
So as not to face alone
The fact you’re as good as gone

Now the leaves are red and gold
Dark…

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