Friday Poetry by James Goertel. Of a Love Drunk with Desire and This Bottle… Is a Bell

Friday Poetry by James Goertel. Of a Love Drunk with Desire and This Bottle… Is a Bell

OF A LOVE DRUNK WITH DESIRE and THIS BOTTLE… IS A BELL from James Goertel’s new poetry collection, Under The Same Moon, raise a toast to love.

Friday Poetry by James Goertel. Of a Love Drunk with Desire and This Bottle... Is a Bell

Friday Poetry by James Goertel. Of a Love Drunk with Desire and This Bottle… Is a Bell



Awake with this blood
born of a bottle,
this valentine heart
which beats back the night
with punch-drunk fists,

this murder of nicotine
and its black shawl across my lungs
wheezing a lament to accompany
this wake for a love in vain
as I breathe in smoke
along with a memory of you
I have pieced together
from a mind that has no recollection
of having met, cannot illuminate
neither time nor place
though its trick of dun light
soaks this skin stretched taut
across flesh and bone,
a tattoo to remind
I’m still awake,
thoughts racing,
thinking of you,
watching a blue moon
shy away from a red dawn
with its sanguine meditations
waiting to bleed me
of this wine-soaked insomnia,
but not of a love drunk with desire
that knows no sleep.



(Inspired by Nâzım Hikmet’s ‘You Are My Drunkenness’)
Raise the dead hours
on a night like this here alone,
rouse them from their sober slumber,
this bottle in my hand is a bell I ring
to let a world of drunken lovers know
I drink to you though you’re not here.



James Goertel. Under The Same Moon

James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


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Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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