ditch,

the poetry that matters

William Emery

William Emery is the author of Kodoku, a children's book about the first man to sail alone across the Pacific Ocean, the nonfiction travelogue Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley, and the "sustainability punk" webcomic Engine. His work has appeared in Mastodon DentistThe Leveler, The Collagist, and To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices. He is a founding member of Ad Astra Books and Coffee, a worker-owned cooperative bookstore in Salina, Kansas and former acquisitions editor at Heyday Books. 

 

The Arena (syllabic fragment)

 

Arena at the end

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                        the outmatched matador

            lines of glancing

Mud-hooved with trespassed wheat field silt

 

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I am the outmatched

                        metaphor

A child the dairy bull’s ’brinth

            a child taunting fodder

 

Radiant instead with

The purposed atoms of the gift

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                        hills of flint

Send future minds unquiet lines

 

            “Attend. We will be remembered

            By those who live in future times”

 

Arena at the end of night

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Stagger ------------ tilt horizon  

The night-whelming dawn endures

The whirling absence of such words

 

 

                                                                                                           January 14, 2014