Teacher, rabble-rouser, and crowd-pleaser Harry Baker (APIARY 2) nominates Angel Hogan (APIARY 1) with a work first published in APIARY. Both Angel and Harry were among the first poets APIARY published and featured five years ago.
Harry says: I’ve always liked this one by Angelita Hogan because I beg for the release of frustrated lovers too….”
Sweet Jesus, grant me the power to delve deeper, deeper still:
cracking it all up,unsheathing, splitting everything
then leaving it out in the sun, exposed.
Give me some bitterness and irony
like the blind foal born when I was ten,
pushed out slick and steaming,
tearing his mother with urgent hooves–
then mercy-shot a day later.
(The mare stood, her tender parts swollen and stitched, missing the colt’s nubby mouth nudging her belly. All that work for what?)
Don’t listen, if at some future date,
I beg for release, pray for numbness.
I may say different,but this is what I really want. Really–
to scream at the difficult moments,
say the awkward things.
Let my flustered lovers leave me,
let heartache leave me brave.
To remember and shudder; let some pain drive me into corners
collecting the God almighty ashes and dust, making my own.
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