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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