By Conrad Hilberry
After-Music is a assorted and wealthy selection of meditations on either the non-public and common. one of many fascinating locations, humans, and occasions that Hilberry brings to existence in those poems are observing manatees in a Florida canal, a reluctant priest blessing the animals in Mexico, a rushed and sullen checkout woman within the grocery store, and Day of the lifeless skeletons that shape a mariachi band. even though a number of the poems are formal in sonnets, quatrains, and tetrameter many of the poems are unfastened verse, making them available and stress-free interpreting.
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Another clue might roll its eyes or lean a little toward the camera. Not me. I’m just a slash in old paint. If homicide shows up, I’ll drape a spider web across my loin. But I’ll be here, the child of rage, your child. Touch my deep diagonal, leftover lightning. Follow my falling line into the larger dark. Even the bitterest rain can sink into sand, collect in the crevasses of rock, and lose itself in the river’s lurch and surge and pause. 39 40 Pas senger-side Mirror I glance over my shoulder, a plainclothesman letting you know what’s lurking.
Slips a carved stick into a clay bottle, sprinkles a little water on the nearest fur or feathers, turns, and walks back in. That’s it. All right, Padre, maybe there is no scriptural authority for blessing animals. Maybe splashing water on a goat is not your notion of a holy office. Maybe you intend to teach some dignity to your young seminarian who thinks his calling is to take the hands of wrinkled widows on the street. As we walk away, a quick wind catches the fountain, dissolves us all in mist.
37 38 Clue Toffee with tooth marks, the petal of hibiscus that never blooms this far north, a scrap of toenail, those are my cousins. I’m the left-handed slash here on your kitchen door, the stroke that missed, before you sank the knife and caught your breath there at the sink, your blouse splattered with good riddance. Believe me, I’m not blowing any whistles. We’ve been acquainted only since last Friday, but I can feel some new air edging in around your bed, your kitchen table. The cabin settles into sumac and the dog sleeps.
After-music: Poems by Conrad Hilberry