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National Poetry Month Day 23: “Embers of Smoldering Homes” by Sean Singer

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Embers of Smoldering Homes

It is a major war from
a manufacturing plant
near Ciudad Juárez, a concrete
dust smell from the maquiladoras
cools. There is a pool
of liquid forming
on the stone floor.
When Érika Gándara, the only
cop in Guadalupe Distrito Bravos
was killed the buzzards
were fucking in the wind.

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Sean Singer: A Poem I Love

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Melvin Dixon’s “Spring Cleaning”

Melvin Dixon died of AIDS in 1992 and is one of our most underrated poets. “Spring Cleaning” alludes to what Ralph Ellison called “the jagged grain,” the texture of experiencing the blues in one’s life. Dixon, an African-American, a homosexual, an intellectual, and a great artist, seems to sum up his own being-it-itself (a mode of existence that simply is) in “Spring Cleaning.”

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