yore

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We have two days left of April and three poets’ work still to share with you for na•po•mo 2013.

Enjoy Shelly Taylor’s take on yore.

 

yore  (yôr),  n.  [ME., fr. yore, adv., long ago, fr. OE, gedra, fr. gear year]: time long past < in days of ~  

 

 

Na•Po•Mo The Dictionary Project:  Yore

Shelly Taylor / Apr 25, 2013

 

 

 

Stop the death music:  city a body

leashed a fastened quagmire:  city sky lean

back:  a wreck eschewed our righteous

inhabitants, one carousel livened your last

disposal:  wait—women weaving raffia

—their city hands tied furiously an earthen tree.

Go around the brawling in the street:

our fortunes buried post-Sherman

set the South aflame—his gods reflecting

opaque the horizon:  general gaze of

yore, its forgotten fauna:  glint in the light of fog:

never manage it:  your restless eye:  what happened then?

Shoulders back to please the ladies:  break the same

as rise:  our rooster forgetting its agrarian foothold

fenceline morning:  brown from your mama—

this black horse you will her forget about. 

Scales & carapaces:  each city

namesake, go one & believe me:  or: 

fight man’s possession:  antennae of light

—they who were happiest at one time: 

make them endure it.     

 

 

 

 

 

shellypicfornapomoBorn in rural southern Georgia, Shelly Taylor resides in Tucson. She is the author of Black-Eyed Heifer (Tarpaulin Sky Press: 2010) & four chapbooks: Peaches the yes-girl (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs: 2008), Land Wide to Get a Hold Lost In (Dancing Girl Press: 2009), Dirt City Lions (Horse Less Press: 2012), & the forthcoming, The Doldrums (Goodmorning Menagerie: 2013).

 

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