William K. Hathaway

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William K. Hathaway (born 1944) is a contemporary American poet who has published eight collections of poetry with Ithaca House, Louisiana State University Press, University of Central Florida Press, Canios Editions, and Chester Creek Press. His most recent book, The Right No, was published in April 2012 by Somondoco Press. He currently resides in Gettysburg, ... more »

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It's now all about money
about which poetry rarely reaches
transcendence. But love must still fester
even under that. Everyone I know
frets if poetry can still matter,
but what about love? It's all become
too much for them, and they're all
on the soma. It makes sense
with these pills when the someone
they thought they loved for years
by never thinking about it says,
"I don't love you anymore,
but let's stay friends in that mellow
woebegone way poetry now
sings without singing." Of course,
they're always asking "What is ...

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