This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Flickering’ by David Rivard. “David Rivard was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. His collections of poetry include Torque (1988), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, Wise Poison (1996), winner of the James Laughlin Award, Bewitched Playground (2000), Sugartown (2005), and Otherwise Elsewhere (2010). He has also been a contributor to such publications as Ploughshares, The New England Review, and Poetry, and is a former editor of The Harvard Review.
His awards and honors include the Pushcart Prize, the Celia B. Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Hardison Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Rivard teaches in the University of New Hampshire MFA Program in Writing”. Source: Poetry Foundation
Source: David Rivard, “Flickering” from Standoff. Copyright ©2016 by David Rivard, via Poetry Foundation
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‘Flickering’ by David Rivard
“I see you,” she says—
one of the flickering homeless with gray
alehouse hair, pale blue
eyes, crunchy lips—a methadone-
troubled moth by the YMCA—but who
does she see?—is it
the chubby, right-handed schoolboy
sent out by the nuns
at St. Joseph’s to clap
the chalkboard erasers clean?
Or the giddy
teenage shipping clerk at lunch break
smoking pot for the first time
behind a curtain factory
shed? Perhaps the middle-aged
mortgagee? Maybe an ex-
proofreader in lawyerland or betraying husband?
Maybe the good loser? How about
the new father smiling in tears?
ally, or the devoted wanker,
or the inert
doubter, or the annoyancer
if not the circumspect bald man,
or does she see each of them?—
a lantern to carry;
tho there are
near enough lamps
David Rivard, “Flickering” from Standoff. Copyright © 2016 by David Rivard Source:PoetryFoundation
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