poetryrepairs #205 14.10:110
VERNON WARING : Third Shift
CHRIS AGUILAR : Remain
JOHN HORVATH Jr : Granite Balls
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VERNON WARING
Third Shift
Three in the morning, halfway through my shift at a printing plant. I'm tired as always, my mind frazzled, my eyes bleary. I'm creeping through the night as I proofread technical manuals and pharmaceutical ads and brochures aimed at type two  diabetics. I'm on life support  here, stuck in a depressing gray environment, a vampire on the graveyard shift, the burial ground of too many aging English majors struggling to make a buck while the rest of the world is home asleep, dreaming in color, people whose minds and bodies will forever have a normal relationship with sunlight. As I proofread, I listen to talk radio with its opinionated personalities, irate callers, and nocturnal candor, all of it making those Sinatra-like wee small hours of the morning fly by like a moth rushing toward a bright burning bulb.

poetryrepairs #205 14.10:110

All the fine arts are species of poetry--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

poetry repairs your heart
even as it splits it open.
VIRGINIA WOOLF
The Art of Reading



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CHRIS AGUILAR
remain
She said to look for magic, The trail of a shooting star, Or the way that an ocean wave fades, For all though it is beautiful to see these things arrive, But that the true beauty lies in How they remain

poetryrepairs #205 14.10:110

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I will not write with pen and ink
--JOHN the theologian

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JOHN HORVATH jr Granite Balls
stubborn against being moved now ful- crum - assisted near unbelieveably unmanageable boulders granite balls drop bounce almost happily quickly fall and crash some shattering edges break pebbles free freely scattering against steep margins of a pass ; each hits , rolls , and -- as expected -- comes to rest in its place in a shamble of poetry then , immediately buried under itself


poetryrepairs #205 14.10:110

Poetry endangers the established order
of the soul - Plato
and
REPAIR: resort, frequent or habitual going; concourse or confluence of people at or in a place; making one's way; to go, betake oneself, to arrive; return to a place; to dwell; to recover, heal, or cure; to renew; to fix to original condition. -- O.E.D.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


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VERNON WARING : Third Shift
CHRIS AGUILAR : Remain
JOHN HORVATH Jr : Granite Balls

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