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Saturday, March 31, 2007


by Deborah A. DeNicola

It’s another option if you rule out suicide.
Ruin rents the land. Vermillion limns the fire.
Rain rusts, dull as a dismal stone in gravel.
Wires Scorch down the spines of our weight-
bearing walls. We could pull names from a cave,
lob molotov cocktails, rough up the bastards
killing each other. Prayers huddle in the heart’s
bunker. Let’s surf to preachers, wild
at the benches of brimstone and belief.
Can’t they see we’re all the Second Coming?
Watch the sea spiral froth inside the earth’s church,
earth vectoring in her breakers— Look—
heaven’s horizon right here in our utero blue!

Deborah DeNicola's latest poetry collection Inside Light will be published later this year by Finishing Lind Pres. She edited the anthology Orpheus & Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology published in 1999 from The University Press of New England. She was awarded a Poetry Fellowship in 1997 from the National Endowment for the Arts, received The William T. Foley Award in 2000 from America, The Barbara Bradley Award in 1996 from The New England Poetry Club, The Briar Cliff Review Award 2006, and a Special Mention from The Pushcart Prizes 1992. She is the author of Where Divinity Begins (Alice James Press 1994) and Rainmakers (Coyote Love Press 1984) and three chapbooks, The Harmony of the Next, the 2005 winner of the Riverstone Chapbook Award, and Psyche Revisited, which won the 1992 Embers Magazine Chapbook Contest. Deborah coaches writing and dream image work off her web site: She teaches poetry throughout the country in intensive weekend workshops for the Graduate Arts in Learning Program of Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.