Peter Filkins

(1958 / Dalton, Massachusetts)

Peter Filkins
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Peter Filkins is an American poet and literary translator. Filkins graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts and from Columbia University with a Master of Fine Arts degree. more »

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  • warren (9/19/2018 12:01:00 AM)

    peter filkins is a transphobe

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Be it a whisper, be it a raspy cough,
whatever sets it off is soon forgotten,
the high faint rumble at first mistaken
for an airplane's passing roar, a gust of wind
waffling its way through jagged peaks and down
the steep approaches towards the valley floor
where, looking up, someone sees a cloud
of snow and thinks, perhaps a passing squall,
before dead panic rushes in, breathless
with devastation, the cold thundering roar
that builds and builds releasing now to spill
pure mindless natural force that's driven
down and down, gravity taking hold
of rocks ...

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