“Another Elegy” by Jericho Brown

by on 15/06/12 at 9:26 am

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This is what your dying looks like.
You believe in the sun. You believe
I don’t love you. Always be closing,
Said our favorite professor before
He let the gun go off in his mouth.
I turned 29 the way any man turns
In his sleep, unaware of the earth
Moving beneath him, its plates in
Their places, a dated disagreement.
Let’s fight it out, baby. You have
Only so long left. A man turns
In his sleep, so I take a picture.
He won’t look at it, of course. It’s
His bad side, his Mr. Hyde, the hole
In a husband’s head, the O
Of his wife’s mouth. Every night,
I take a pill. Miss one, and I’m gone.
Miss two, and we’re through. Hotels
Bore me, unless I get a mountain view,
A room in which my cell won’t work,
And there’s nothing to do but see
The sun go down into the ground
That cradles us as any coffin can.


Ernest Hilbert

Ernest Hilbert is founder of E-Verse Radio.

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5 Responses to ““Another Elegy” by Jericho Brown”

  1. dee.mondschein@gmail.com'


    Jun 15th, 2012

    Love this poem! So smart. Going to look for more Jericho Brown now…


    Ernie Reply:

    Glad you liked it. I had the pleasure of reading with him in Albany for Daniel Nester’s legendary series Frequency North. Brown’s book is available on Amazon and other online retailers.



    Dee Reply:

    It’s in my cart! I sort-of “know” you through Quincy… I couldn’t make it to his launch, but I go his Carmine Street readings. Nice intro you gave! (Are you from PA? I am too, Philadelphia side, Allentown, to be more specific.) Anyway, keep publishing the good stuff. I like it!



    Ernie Reply:

    Thanks, Dee! Hope to run into you someday at a reading or other literary event.

  2. notknott@gmail.com'

    Bill Knott

    Jul 1st, 2012

    I wrote something about this on my “appreciations” blog:



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