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A Few Examples
by Thomas Fortenberry

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An Axe

I was browsing this year's censored books,
the top ten list just out,
when it hit me: cockroach Kafka,
creeping into every literary cabinet
much to his deceased horror,
was absolutely right. Franz wrote:
"A book should be an axe,
to break the frozen sea within us."
If its not dangerous, sharp-edged
and swung with all the author's might,
what the hell use is it?
Chop, chop, chop,
on my mind, on my soul.
Better break a sweat and bleed a little.
I feel a chill in the wind.


Bleeding radiators

To heat our cold, shivering hearts
Aching with need, filling with dry dust
So frozen & abandoned

The air hurts to breathe

I crouch beneath our furniture
Head pressed against the hardwood floor
Some old tools in my hand

& pray to God this works.



The odd moments of intrusion
are what get me.
Walking up behind someone shivering
arms outstretched before the dark waters
with the sudden intimation
that they want to be alone
is enough to make the flinch
involuntary when I look away
searching for the deep sea
lights blinking go-green
before it is all too late,
but it already is
for Gatsby, he vanishes
and I am alone again
in the unquiet darkness.

[c 2002 thomas fortenberry]

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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
Wonderful, Thomas!! So glad you are at Author's Den!! Just found out Poets everywhere owe you a debt of gratitude for all you have done to further the art. Talk about multi-talented! Hugs & Roses,
Reviewed by Birdie Houston
Reviewed by Birdie Houston
RE: Examples - 3 poems

Thomas, my friend, you are so brilliant I am ever in awe of you.

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love this word/image play
Reviewed by na na (Reader)
A very good analysis by Richard Croft. I agree with it. Bill
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
I loved this poem
Reviewed by Richard Croft
Beautiful. The beacons that give us inspiration, warmth... hope are so often, by human error misused, malfunctioning, or misplaced -- that fearing our own fallability, we give in to cold darkness before investing again in them... that is, until we find the risk of inaction more dire than that of action, which inevitably we do. Great poem; it radiates well.
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