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Ken Taylor in Southword Journal

Ken Taylor was born in Alabama in 1957. He now lives and writes in North Carolina. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Chattahoochee Review, The Stony Thursday Book, elimae, MiPOesias, The New Guard, Whale Sound, Eclectica Magazine, OCHO, Poets & Artists, HAM Literature and Gigantic Sequins. He was the 2011 winner of the Fish Publishing Poetry Prize.

 

 


 

 

 

 

movie for the blind

(for Phoebe)

 

slough of hearts settling on low trees so

the engines pulling their loads & whistling

by will send them fluttering. otherwise

the hearts don’t beat. it’s only this passing

hulk & wind filling in behind that stirs them.

down the bank & below the pond’s surface

a fish looks up through branches fallen in long

ago & past to where air meets water wavering

 

& past to the hearts swaying on branches in

the after-whistle wind. but what does the fish

know about which hearts are above water or

branches below & which are their likenesses.

the fish doesn’t try to know. keeps dreaming

engines. & the trees wear hearts on sleeves.

 

 

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