Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In the great snowfall before the bomb by Lorine Niedecker

In the great snowfall before the bomb

In the great snowfall before the bomb
colored yule tree lights
windows, the only glow for contemplation
along this road 

I worked the print shop
right down among em
the folk from whom all poetry flows
and dreadfully much else. 

I was Blondie
I carried my bundles of hog feeder price lists
down by Larry the Lug,
I’d never get anywhere
because I’d never had suction,
pull, you know, favor, drag,
well-oiled protection. 

I heard their rehashed radio barbs—
more barbarous among hirelings
as higher-ups grow more corrupt.
But what vitality! The women hold jobs—
clean house, cook, raise children, bowl
and go to church. 

What would they say if they knew
I sit for two months on six lines
of poetry?


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