Justice Putnam

Rookie (26 March 1955 / Eugene, Oregon)

Justice Putnam Poems

1. On Poetry And Fathers 1/13/2007
2. Age Of Dallas 1/13/2007
3. The Dates Of Demarcation 1/13/2007
4. And The Angels Weep 1/14/2007
5. From Big Sur To Malibu 1/14/2007
6. Shanghaied To A Casino 1/14/2007
7. An Oil Lamp Turned Low 1/14/2007
8. Not Saints But Men 1/14/2007
9. After The Dressage 1/14/2007
10. Compulsory Surrender 1/14/2007
11. Toward An Understanding Of Metropolitan America 1/14/2007
12. Naked In The Flow 1/17/2007

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Age Of Dallas

What did it mean
To be young
In the Age of Dallas?

To come home
To the farmhouse?

Ironing strewn
Across the living room
Mother crying
In front of the T.V.

Re-runs of Dealey Plaza.

I remember someone
Mentioning Camelot
Third-grade in Corvallis
My teacher came from Austin

But the School Secretary
Came from the
Principal’s office

Met our teacher
At the classroom door.

Flushed cheeks

We were filed
Onto the school bus
Solemnly driven home.

(Portland, Oregon 1978)

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