Brooks Haxton

(1950 - / Greenville / Mississippi)

Brooks Haxton Poems

1. Thy Name 3/12/2012
2. I Want To Pray 3/20/2012
3. Submersible 3/9/2012
4. 1985 3/12/2012
5. Rotgut 3/12/2012
6. Monster Minded 3/12/2012
7. Storm 3/9/2012
8. Sackcloth 3/12/2012
9. Unclean 3/12/2012
10. Deaf 3/9/2012
11. Every Death Is Magic From The Enemy To Be Avenged 3/12/2012
12. Salesmanship, With Half A Dram Of Tears 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Brooks Haxton

Salesmanship, With Half A Dram Of Tears

Gripping the lectern, rocking it, searching
the faces for the souls, for signs of heartfelt
mindfulness at work, I thought, as I recited
words I wrote in tears: instead of tears,
if I had understood my father's business,
I could be selling men's clothes. I could be
kneeling, complimenting someone at the bay
of mirrors, mumblingly, with pinpoints pressed
between my lips. That was the life I held
in scorn while young, because I thought to live
without distraction, using words. Yet, looking
now into the room of strangers' eyes, I wanted
them to feel what I said...

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