The Duvall Reading
The Duvall Reading


The Duvall Reading
At Match Coffee & Wine
16 Poems Read July 6, 2011
By Duane Kirby Jensen
This edition features sixteen poems collected for my featured reading that took place July 6, 2011. If you missed the event, reading this copy will give you a taste of the mood and flow of the evening. It contains Eight poems that can be found split between two other titles.
Two sample poems.
The Fall
I saw bees fall from the sky:
crashing into windows – posts – walls.
I witnessed each one in private struggle:
for flight – for buoyancy – for grace.
Down they came – grasping for that
which once came – effortlessly.
Curled-up between chucks of gravel,
yellow-black corpses – haphazardly strewed
resemble victims from last night’s news.
Bodies laid out in a mangled alphabet
by someone who speaks
through metal shards and phosphorus.
Faintly heard above traffic-drone
feet tread over this fresh-air graveyard.
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Crunch
I imagine the crispness of fresh snow
giving way to weight it was never designed to bear.
Her language wraps its arms around me,
the way a jealous lover squeezes
her obsession close,
an intoxicating strength
that smothers rational thought,
even as a small voice whispers ‘escape.’
But I have no desire to escape.
It is a long fall
and I want to see how it ends.

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