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Sunday, September 17, 2006


by Tony Reevy

with apologies to e.e. cummings

So, how do you like
your blue-eyed baby
boys now, Mr. Death?
They’ve been cascading
in from Oklahoma and
the Center and the
outer limits and we’re
fresh out of cradles and
I think, Senior Muerto,
that you have to get
a larger place or
we’ll all be packed
in here like anchovies
when you roll
back the lid,
Mr. Death.

Associate director for advancement of the Carolina Environmental Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tony Reevy is a graduate of North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Miami University. His previous publications include poetry in Asheville Poetry Review, Bath Avenue Newsletter, Charlotte Poetry Review, Now & Then, Pembroke Magazine, The Poet's Page, Writer's Cramp and others, as well as non-fiction and short fiction. His poems are anthologized in 2000: Here’s to Humanity, Earth and Soul: An Anthology of North Carolina Poetry, Poets for Peace: A Collection, and others. His books are Ghost Train!: American Railroad Ghost Legends, A Directory of North Carolina’s Railroad Structures (with Art Peterson and Sonny Dowdy), Green Cove Stop and Magdalena. He resides in Durham, North Carolina with wife, Caroline Weaver, and children Lindley and Ian.