I Bequeath Unto Thee

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Two excellent excerpts from Stacy Szymaszek’s fresh new book, EMPTIED OF ALL SHIPS (Litmus Press: 2005).

Thus begins my holiday campaign to encourage one and all to give the gift of poetry to their family, friends, and bosses — instead of predictably filling the list of their own prescriptions. Surprise them! And why not give them what they may not bump right up against, the most essential of all: poetry! Also, you are more than welcome to get on board here~

Happy Sailing!

_____________

…ballast

ceramic
Jesus
medallion
with chipped
features

contents
of a secret-
bottomned
drawer
yellowed
song lyrics
wax
phallus
mending
kit

Latin
dictionary
German
crossword
series
of curtailed
letters

my embroidered
misnomer
pouch
of dead
teeth
everything
from
China

guide
by a Polish
sailor
gold-plated
cabinet
handles
radio
apparatus

______________

…some mariners [excerpt]

the sail menders with hands

and feet repair into dawn

trailing bolts of canvas

maneuver fish needles in half light

reach top velocity in

pantheistic celebration

______________

let us not forget the restraints of

our vessel when in ash you enter

invertebrate sea

funnel into whalebone

form your love will seek

every plasm remembered

through my constant dream

–Stacy Szymaszek, EMPTIED OF ALL SHIPS

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