“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.

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Ernest Hilbert

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

  1. dee.mondschein@gmail.com'

    Dee

    Jun 15th, 2012

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

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    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.

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    dee.mondschein@gmail.com'

    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!

    ~Dee

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    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:

    http://knottapp.blogspot.com/2012/05/on-poem-by-jericho-brown.html

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