Liz’s Weekly Poetry Series: For What It’s Worth

by lizard

While driving back from Spokane last Sunday, I took the opportunity to gas-up in Alberton, but really the stop was a chance for me to check out the Montana Valley Book Store. From the link:

Keren says:
“My aim is to get as many books as possible into the hands of the people who will love them the most. Running a used book store with old books that are sometimes hard to find is a public service, like a museum or a library. There’s value in just having those books there for the public to look at, even if they don’t take them home.”

I took home two books, one I knew immediately I had to have, titled The Masks of Drought, by William Everson.
 

If you continue, the opening stanza, in italics, is Everson, and the rest is mine.

*

from Blackbird Sundown

A sudden hush. In the suspension of sound
Silence drops to stunned terror.
Then all explodes, every bird for itself,
Up, down, out and away.

—William Everson

*

thirst of the land ran deep
running in circles in the heat
somehow they fit his chest
with a suicide vest
somehow particles of bone
clouded the sky like flies

questioning, poisoning, parched
boot leather and buttons
metal and body parts
insurrection a handful of dust
revolution an empty stomach
who can we trust?

running crazy 8’s
down into oblivion
up into infinity

King’s evil trinity:
racism, militarism, poverty…

we know the numbers
don’t add up
our true threat:

the expectation of tomorrow

—William Skink

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