Tim Gavin

Rookie (March 18,1963 / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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Tim Gavin has had his poems published in Anglican Theological Review, Black Bear Review, Black Moon, Black Water Review, Chiron Review, Endless Mountain Review, Mad Poets Review, Negative Capability, One Trick Pony, Poet Lore, South Dakota Review, Wind, Yarrow and other journals. His essays and book reviews have been published in a number of literary and educational journals. He is the editor of... more »

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Best Poem of Tim Gavin

Raising The Ax

It is the sound of the log splitting
and its echo
which marks my passage
into manhood. My father stands
by the porch as the ax swings up
and falls.
He studies the way I go
with the grain and let the ax do the work.
He studies the rolling of my shoulders
with each whack into the dense
wood. He remembers his own
father teaching him to swing a pick
in the dark tunnels
of the Pennsylvania coal mines.
With a carbide lamp
splitting the darkness,
he brought to the surface
buckets of coal. As he straitened
the stiffness out of his back and ...

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