Monday, January 20, 2014

A Poem by Michael H. Brownstein

Participles of Speech

midnight in the old saloon
and we're tired and we're upset,
the world's growing old
and we're tired and we're upset.

wounded healer as shaman,
the shade is the man,
climb the valley,
sink into the mountain

a good death rises
from one spot of imperfection,
blood-gates open:
in the wind, the pull of backfire.

Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published. His latest works, Firestorm: A Rendering of Torah ( (Camel Saloon Books on Blogs) and The Katy Trail, Mid-Missori, 100F Outside and other poems ( (Barometric Pressures--A Kind of Hurricane Press). The Katy Trail, Mid-Missouri, 100F Outside And Other PoemsHis work has appeared in The CafĂ© ReviewAmerican Letters and Commentary, Xavier ReviewHotel AmerikaMeridian Anthology of Contemporary PoetryThe Pacific Review, and others. In addition, he has nine poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004), What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005), and I Was a Teacher Once (Ten Page Press, 2011: ( He is the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011).

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