Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Figure Before Blackness and When We Love

Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Figure Before Blackness and When We Love

FIGURE BEFORE BLACKNESS and WHEN WE LOVE from James Goertel’s bi-weekly poetry feature, Under The Same Moon, ponder sex and love in search of connection and creation.

Friday Poetry with James Goertel Figure Before Blackness and When We Love

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Alone, –

A figure
Before blackness;
The anxiety of creation

And its

Stupored fucking
In the dark

– Alone.



When we love
We gut ourselves
Of the loneliness
Lining each and every organ
Keeping us alive,
Though not necessarily living,
Through biology and chemistry.

When we love
We embrace the alchemy
Of connection
Which is the sleight of hand
Behind the continued beat of the heart
When there is no other reason
For it, for us to carry on.


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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