Poem for Tuesday by James Goertel. Today: I Threw It All Away

Poem for Tuesday by James Goertel. Today: I Threw It All Away

I THREW IT ALL AWAY from James Goertel’s bi-weekly poetry feature, Under the Same Moon; a poem constructed of sticks, brick, and straw.

Wassily Kandinsky. On White II (1923)

Wassily Kandinsky. On White II (1923)


a room on fire

built from 

and arrogance


a murder of crows

from a heart

made of blood-red

bricks and carrion


up the ghost

of gold spun from straw

in exchange

for forgiveness

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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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