Richard Cole

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I was born in Krum, Texas. I’ve published two books of poetry and a memoir. Honors include an NEA fellowship, a Loft Mentor Series award, and a Bush Foundation grant. My poems and essays have been published in the New Yorker, Poetry, Hudson Review, Sun Magazine, Denver Quarterly, and Image Journal—Good Letters. I’m president of a small but sturdy business writing agency in Austin, Texas, where I ... more »

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Dreaming of Egyptians again, their hollowness,
dead men walking through airports, smiling, extending
their soft hands in recognition...

I lay out my business suit for another trip,
rehearsing my speech, and the beautiful numbers
pour out of me like water.

I believe in my corporation, in the natural
marriage of death and business, and I follow
the storm gods and executive furies
striding through terminals,
self-made and acquiring masters
flanked by falcons and honor guards,
low enemies scattered before us like roaches.

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