02/26/2011

I drowned the same man
in three rivers.

Nothing keeps him
dead. Every sin floats.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:

I wrote this poem as a means of getting back to one of the basic tenets of poetry–compression. I wanted to write something that had the effect of a brief blues song, something stripped of the moan but with all of the alone-ness of an empty shot glass.

BIO:

Roger Reeves's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, and the Indiana Review. He's received a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Bread Loaf Work-Study Scholarship. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Poetry and Poetics at the University of Texas.
MORE POEMS:

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'Love Poem', Kate Angus


01/24/2010
'untitled', Kimiko Hahn


02/26/2011
'Self-Portrait in Six Rivers', Roger Reeves