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ALAN BRITT : ABSINTHE
ALAN BRITT : Moment of Birth

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ALAN BRITT
ABSINTHE

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder. Or is it worse than something is or isn’t? In other words, something worse? Shiny fender with suspended license buried between palmettos & pungent pine needles— only thing towing us out that night was a friendly Honduran, much to my chagrin. Nevertheless, Aeolian harp dipped in peyote, Indian elephant eyes calcified like medieval bells, & two crows in long black robes asleep on a dissecting table. Is this, as the Comte de Lautrémont suggested, what separates humans from their gods?

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ALAN BRITT 
Moment of Birth

MOMENT OF BIRTH That reminds me of the early days in Louisville—Uncle Ben and Aunt Gloria—the veritable Milton Berle and Martha Raye of their day. Two hoots a minute peeling cheap wallpaper from our plaster walls. Which only ignited them more! Next thing I remember head first into a bottomless bowl of spaghetti before falling asleep on canvas cot, iodine soaked thumb wrapped in bandages, my torch through another Kentucky night. Then older brother and little Gloria shattered our apartment building’s beveled glass double doors, and I had to lie, shriveled tadpole, in that ’46 Plymouth for hours while a doctor stitched adolescent shoulders, arms and waists. Highlighted those scars for years, did Steve and little G, until the years buried them beneath new scars. Excuse the interruption, but I don’t believe we do everything we can to ease our communal grief discarded like cicada husks. Perhaps the position of the stars has less to do with DNA than the moment of birth. Perhaps not.

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In August 2015 Alan Britt was invited by the Ecuadorian House of Culture Benjamín Carrión in Quito, Ecuador as part of the first cultural exchange of poets between Ecuador and the United States. During his visit, he participated in venues all across the country including the international literary conference sponsored by La hermandad de las palabras 2015 in Babahoyo, Ecuador. In 2013 he served as judge for the The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award.

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