Treasure Island

Ronald Koertge

(1940 / Illinois / United States)

Poems of Ronald Koertge

1. An Infinite Number Of Monkeys 1/13/2003
2. Body Shop 3/19/2014
3. Burning The Book 3/19/2014
4. Fault 1/1/2004
5. Fever 3/19/2014
6. Grand Avenue 3/19/2014
7. Little Morning Seranade 3/19/2014
8. Ornithology 3/19/2014
9. Poetry Begins in Delight 3/19/2014
10. Poets vs. Wildcats 3/19/2014
11. Roadside Creche 3/19/2014
12. Sidekicks 1/13/2003
13. Sky Burial 3/19/2014
14. The Streetsweeper 1/13/2003
15. The Trojan Pony 3/19/2014

Sky Burial

Q. You're Such a Disciplined Writer. Were You Always That way?
A. When I was in graduate school, I worked part-time at a local
library. I ran the used bookstore in the basement. The money
came in handy. There was plenty of time to study.
I learned to know the regulars who talked about living with pain
and waiting for bland meals to be delivered.
One sweltering afternoon I read about Tibetan body breakers
who dismember corpses with their hatchets and flaying knives
so the vult

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