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The Ghost of Heaven

Rating: 4.4

Sleep to sleep through thirty years of night,
a child herself with child,
for whom we searched

through here, or there, amidst
bones still sleeved and trousered,
a spine picked clean, a paint can,
a skull with hair

Sewn into the hem of memory:
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Kingsley Egbukole 20 December 2019

A beautiful poem portraying the evils of the society. A great write.

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Brilliant 21 November 2019

This is a masterful poem, haunting, powerful and a great use of language, metre, rhyme and imagery.

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Tamara Beryl Latham 21 November 2019

Outstanding! I know each of us will have his or her own interpretation of your words; however, the specific drama that speaks to me throughout the lines is the Holocaust. Whether this is correct or not I would rate this poem a 10+. Great job and congratulations on POD. : -)

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Mahtab Bangalee 21 November 2019

You will be asked who you are. Eventually, we are all asked who we are. /// inquisitive mind lives in reverse

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Tom Allport 25 March 2017

a sad poem that tells us of some of the atrocities that mankind can inflict on each other? ............well written.

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Susan Williams 02 March 2016

This is a piece of literature that is not ashamed of demanding t be read many times over. In fact, it is necessary. This has depths thrumming under the depths and I think it will be well worth the plumbing of its depths.

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Jasbir Chatterjee 02 March 2016

It's a very intriguing poem with very grotesque images, especially the part where The girl was found (don't say this) /with a man's severed head stuffed/into her where a child would have been./No one knew who the man was./Another of the dead. So they had not, after all, /killed a pregnant girl./This was a relief to them. It seems the girl was raped brutally and the poem, it seems, goes on to suggest that ultimately we also end up getting mauled in the same manner...Am I right? Correct me if I am wrong.

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Denis Mair 05 March 2016

Yes, I think you're right. Maybe we will all get mauled by in some way, eventually, by terrible things that happen in the world. I think she is trying to convey that the consequences of these things ripple outward. Carole Forche took risks to spend time interviewing a leader in El Salvador who was for a time pursued by death squads. He communicated everything he could to her, and that urgency went into her poetry. I don't feel comfortable with the way Carolyn Forche handled this material in her poem. I realize there is no perfect, right way for a poet to respond to atrocities and injustices. I cannot criticize her unless I try to grapple with themes like this myself.

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Edward Kofi Louis 02 March 2016

Thirty years of night! Nice piece of work.

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Shah Surja 25 November 2015

'All who come All who come into the world All who come into the world are sent. Open your curtain of spirit.'

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