Russell Thornton

Russell Thornton Poems

1. Foot Of St. Georges Avenue 2/15/2007
2. Nest Of The Swan's Bones 10/25/2008
3. Aluminum Beds 2/26/2012
4. My Daughter And The Seagull's Cry 3/4/2013
5. The Aeschylus Rock 3/4/2013
6. Cells 7/14/2015
7. Candy 7/14/2015
8. Lemon Groves 1/10/2016
9. Letters 1/10/2016
10. A Tunisian Notebook #7 1/10/2016
11. Jail 1/10/2016
12. The Summer Grass 1/10/2016
13. Sirens 2/6/2016
14. Open 10/5/2018
15. Copper Door 10/5/2018
16. Dandelions 10/5/2018
17. The Water And The Stone Trap 10/5/2018
18. Question 10/5/2018
19. A Drop Of Blood 10/5/2018
20. The Churches Of Skopelos 8/11/2014
21. Nogales Prostitutes 3/1/2006
22. The Beginnings Of Stars 3/1/2006
23. A Memory Of A Deer 3/1/2006
24. Harbour Seals 3/1/2006
25. Thirst 8/11/2014

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The card you gave me, your small handwriting
on the back - is gone. But the deep black ink
of the artist's drawing pen stayed with me,
and the ancient couplets became the dark
that holds the living organs, the same dark
through which the deer runs, giving off thin smoke
as it seeks the stream. I enter that dark
now in sleep, and I hear you: What you bear,
I will like my own body bear and tend.
I will be the breath in the animal
that pants and whose heart chants through it,
that burns like the one fire in a night camp,
and that departs from the night ...

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Nest Of The Swan's Bones

She will build a nest of the swan's bones...
- Robinson Jeffers, 'Shiva'

High in the blue air above the dumpster in the back lane,
between the mountains and the tidal flats,
on the thermals and updrafts a summer hawk does slow turns.

The crows pick at the waste on the asphalt.

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