Walter Bargen

(1948 / Fort Bragg, North Carolina)

Walter Bargen Poems

1. Beirut 2/2/2016
2. Civilized Sacrifice 2/2/2016
3. Manifest Breakfast 2/2/2016

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Civilized Sacrifice

From Remedies for Vertigo
I have climbed the backs of gods too. It's not so
strange, dressed in heavy coat and boots, hat
pulled down to the eyebrows, cheeks windburnt,
gloved fingers numb, and each brief breath prayed

upon, each step thrown onto the loose altar of stone.
Blinded by spires of light, I've looked away
as the unblemished blue splintered in all directions.
And I've backed away from the sheer

precipice, the infinite suddenly a fearful measure,
the way down to tundra and the jagged maze of
granite, leaving only a crevice in which to ...

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