Scott Hightower

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Scott Hightower, an American poet, teacher, and reviewer, is the author of five books of poetry. His third, Part of the Bargain, won the 2004 Hayden Carruth Award. He is also the recipient of a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize for a translation from Spanish.

Hightower notes that he was "politically radicalized by seeing suffering and struggle in the lives of rural Texas ... more »

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Apocalypse Soliloquy

I hope my death is not stolen from me
by a fiery blast of Fahrenheit or Celsius
or another calculatable accuracy.

I will gladly relinquish all the pleasures of daily
bread, the pride and dreams of art—even pulse;
but I hope my death will not be taken from me.

Actually, it is a modest policy;
little there to discuss as to solace
or in the way of privacy.

A valued moment of self-possession? Might it be
something to embrace more than to expulse?
I hope my death will not be pried from me.

My end is not to be just a ...

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