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 -new- 10/5/2018
15. Copper Door -new- 10/5/2018
16. Dandelions -new- 10/5/2018
17. A Drop Of Blood -new- 10/5/2018
18. The Water And The Stone Trap -new- 10/5/2018
19. Question -new- 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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Thirst

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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The Beginnings Of Stars

The late sun burning close, and slow waves coming in -
the sea's mysterious lit wine of touch
on the sand, slipping away glittering
in scattered glasslike grains for an instant,
and returning again; if we belong
to each other, we belong to that touch.
Then suddenly the sun is gone; the sky
is a dark purple darkening to black.
Those sky deities appear, those bright ones

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