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. Canzoniere 8/11/2014
7. Cells 7/14/2015
8. Candy 7/14/2015
9. Lemon Groves 1/10/2016
10. Letters 1/10/2016
11. A Tunisian Notebook #7 1/10/2016
12. Jail 1/10/2016
13. The Summer Grass 1/10/2016
14. Sirens 2/6/2016
15. The Churches Of Skopelos 8/11/2014
16. Nogales Prostitutes 3/1/2006
17. The Beginnings Of Stars 3/1/2006
18. A Memory Of A Deer 3/1/2006
19. Harbour Seals 3/1/2006
20. 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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A Memory Of A Deer

It had come down into the city
out of the mountains in the night
and gotten lost, had sensed the dawn,
heard car noises at the corner,
heard the police station and hospital
across the street, and, bewildered,
come into this silence and deeper dark
within the still-dark morning to hide.
Now I, a human, had approached it.

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