Apology for want by Mary Jo Bang

By Mary Jo Bang

Winner of the 1996 Bakeless Literary ebook Prize for Poetry

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Ballad of the Poverties from per 30 days Review

There’s the poverty of the cockroach state and the rusted bathroom bowl
The poverty of to thieve nutrition for the 1st time
The poverty of to mouth a penis for a paycheck
The poverty of candy charity ladling
Soup for the bad who should always be there for that
There’s the poverty of concept poverty of the swollen stomach shamed
Poverty of the degree mill the poll that is going nowhere
Princes of predation enable me inform you
There are poverties and there are poverties

There’s the poverty of inexpensive baggage bursted open at immigration
The poverty of the became head, the avoided eyes
The poverty of bored intercourse of tormented sex
The poverty of the bounced money the poverty of the dumpster dive
The poverty of the pawned horn the poverty of the smashed analyzing glasses
The poverty pushing the sheeted gurney the poverty cleansing up the puke
The poverty of the pavement artist the poverty passed-out on pavement
Princes of finance you who've no longer lain there
There are poverties and there are poverties

There is the poverty of hand-to-mouth and door-to-door
And the poverty of reports patched-up to promote there
There’s the poverty of the kid thumbing the Interstate
And the poverty of the bride enlisting for war
There’s the poverty of prescriptions who can afford
And the poverty of ways could you ever finish it
There is the poverty of stones fisted in pocket
And the poverty of the village bulldozed to rubble
Princes of weaponry who've on no account tasted war
There are poverties and there are poverties
There’s the poverty of wages stressed for the funeral you
Can’t get to the poverty of the wage cut
There’s the poverty of human hard work provided silently at the curb
The poverty of the no-contact legal visit
There’s the poverty of backyard sale scrapings unfold
And rejected the poverty of eviction, marriage ceremony mattress out on street
Prince permit me inform you who won't ever examine via phrases
There are poverties and there are poverties

You who trip by way of inner most jet like a housefly
Buzzing with the opposite flies of plundered poverties
Princes and courtiers who won't ever examine via words
Here’s a reflect you could inspect: take it: it’s yours.

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The maidens are the fifty daughters of King Danaus about to be taken against their will to Egypt to marry their cousins. " Page 71 Bartók in the Sculpture Garden Idiot's Delight is the game of solitaire. " Webster's Third New International Dictionary. Reign of Unreason The poem draws on Sir James Frazer's 1922 classic study of mythologies, The Golden Bough, especially those sections dealing with the public expulsion of evils and the practice of scapegoating. Kata (down) and strophein (turned) combine to form the Greek word katastrophe (an overturning), from which the English word "catastrophe" derives.

Where have you gone?  I am waiting on divined revelations. The eye will only bring the train this close. Page 40 The Holy Grail If it were simple, would we have come? Armored from skull to boot tip astride a snorting beast.  When we arrived this littered hill was clean. And those we came to fight, to tame had everythingso it seemed.  Dust pours from the Cathedral dome. Bodies absorb the damp ricochet of a pigeon trapped against glass. Page 41 Persephone Leaving She's picking flowers, meadow goldenrod and belladonna, sometime near noon.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary. Reign of Unreason The poem draws on Sir James Frazer's 1922 classic study of mythologies, The Golden Bough, especially those sections dealing with the public expulsion of evils and the practice of scapegoating. Kata (down) and strophein (turned) combine to form the Greek word katastrophe (an overturning), from which the English word "catastrophe" derives. Twilight Amnesia Italicized lines represent usage examples for the word "give" in the Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition.

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