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Tuesday, May 19, 2009


by John E. Carroll

Water, cold cold water
     turning the lips sickly blue
               lovely hue



Cheney’s recreation--

a deluge of water
pouring, relentlessly
               mercilessly on cue

The truth about 9/11
               would emerge
                    from murky, layered depths
               if Cheney were waterboarded

John E. Carroll teaches literature and critical theory at California State University, Stanislaus. He has published poems in various journals and little magazines, including Big Moon, College English, Indigena, TalkArts, among others. He is completing a collection of poems about American Indians and his Choctaw heritage.