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Poet To Speak in Erie

Oh, the things I do when people ask! Listen up literate citizens of Erie:  the poet Yuyutsu Sharma is coming to give a reading at the Poets' Hall tomorrow (I don't know) at 3 p.m. The other reading will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gannon University.

I would go if I lived in Erie, but my lifelong goal was to leave, so. I do encourage you to go, however. You can read more in the Erie Reader interview with Sharma, who is oddly my friend on Facebook. ? 

A poem of his, to close with:  

Temple, London (For Maggie Hindley)

Wind howled
like the trumpet of a fierce Kali
rushed in through 
the Temple Tube Station 
to slap my face
to smother the flame 
of my breath
and blind my vision 
as I soared
floating up the steely slope
of the escalators
in spirit of reaching 
a hillside shrine
that our goddesses
always prefer to live on.

Once up
out of the Station
in the freezing cold 
as I exerted to push 
my overcoat up 
my shaking frame 
I saw her there
on the wet pavement 
out alone in the open 
with a swollen black eye
and an issue of The Big Issue 
held like a trophy, 
a sacrificial rooster
against her sagging breast. 

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