Friday, August 17, 2012

Volume II. Issue III.


August 16, 2012
The Ides of March
August 15, 1965: 
John, Paul, George, Ringo.  
Shea Stadium, Queens, New York. 
Beatlemania!

In this issue, culled from four eligible poems:

Liz Hartnett: 
    ---"American Gothic"
Jenna Kelly: 
    ---"Jack the Ripper

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"American Gothic"
---Liz Hartnett

Conflict surely reigned in this skull.
Enslaved; wedged
between privilege and privation; a part of neither.
Grandison Harris spent 60 years
at Georgia's Medical College.
Kept them well supplied.
The Resurrection Man. Feared by the powerless,
sitting vigil over their dying and newly buried.
He drew specimens from their coffins
from a hole hacked in the lid,
replacing earth and flowers to leave no wound.
Stealing the last scrap of the thoroughly used,
in service of the users. Wink and look the other way,
it's only the colored cemetery, the potter's field.
For science. Rest in peace, Grandison.

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"Jack the Ripper"
---Jenna Kelly

Click click on cobble stone
corset strings are tangled
Click click on cobble stone
now her body's mangled
Scratch of ink pen on a note
a riddle that the killer wrote
To leave the town in shallowed whisper
they never did catch Jack the Ripper.  

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