James P. Roberts
James P. Roberts Poems
- August Derleth At 100 How many more books would you have ...
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- Migratories Cranberry harvest over they invade the doll ...
- Tilted Kilt Your body is a map of labyrinthine ways. I ...
- Doing John Wayne Gacy's Laundr...
- What May Come Do not tell me I do not know what is coming, ...
Born in Waterloo, Iowa on March 22,1960. Graduated B.A. English from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988. Currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin where he operates The Seven Seas Word Factory, a publishing consultancy. more »
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August Derleth At 100
How many more books
would you have written
granted an extra thirty-eight years?
The thought is staggering.
One hundred? Two hundred?
For you never could have
at a computer keyboard.
Instant delete, no more carbon
paper. E-books up the wazoo -
who could have kept up with you?
You would have needed an extra coffin,
an adjacent plot just for the books.
Or would your brain
have awakened one morning,
proving that words are finite
and worlds can become
as extinct as memory.