Geoffrey Brock

(1964 / Atlanta, Georgia)

Geoffrey Brock Poems

1. Alteration Finds 7/25/2016
2. The Day 7/25/2016
3. Homeland Security 7/25/2016
4. The Nights 7/25/2016
5. Weighing Light 7/25/2016
6. Trip Hop 5/27/2017
7. Daddy: 1933 7/25/2016
8. The Beautiful Animal 7/25/2016
9. Charles Graner Is Not America 7/25/2016
10. And Day Brought Back My Night 7/25/2016
11. Bryant Park at Dusk 6/10/2015
12. Prof of Profs 7/25/2016
13. Flesh of John Brown's Flesh: 2 December 1859 7/25/2016

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Flesh of John Brown's Flesh: 2 December 1859

We knew the rules and punishments:
three lashes for lack of diligence,
eight for disobeying mother

or telling lies.... No blood, he'd say,
and no remission. Came a day
he started keeping my account,

as at a store. And came another
he called me to the tannery:
a Sunday, day of settlement.

I'd paid one-third the owed amount
when he, to my astonishment,
handed the blue-beech switch to me.

Always, the greatest of my fears
were not his whippings, but his tears,
and he was tearful now. I dared

not disobey, nor strike him...

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