Brooks Haxton

(1950 - / Greenville / Mississippi)

Brooks Haxton Poems

1. Thy Name 3/12/2012
2. I Want To Pray 3/20/2012
3. Submersible 3/9/2012
4. 1985 3/12/2012
5. Rotgut 3/12/2012
6. Monster Minded 3/12/2012
7. Storm 3/9/2012
8. Sackcloth 3/12/2012
9. Unclean 3/12/2012
10. Deaf 3/9/2012
11. Salesmanship, With Half A Dram Of Tears 1/13/2003
12. Every Death Is Magic From The Enemy To Be Avenged 3/12/2012
Best Poem of Brooks Haxton

Every Death Is Magic From The Enemy To Be Avenged

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Psalm 22

When fever burned the last light out of my daughter’s eyes,
I swore to find and kill the ones to blame. Men
must mount the long boat in the dark with spears.
At dawn, where the flowering spicebush hid my scent,
I crouched. A young wife, newborn slung across her chest,
came first for springwater. She stooped. My god,
for vengeance, spoke her secret name inside my ear. Her god
stepped back with no scream, his right hand at his mouth,
the knuckles clenched between the pointed teeth.

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