A Zombie Poem by Sappho
The sky, the world-church together snapped.
That caught her eye. Now you are the man:
A scarlet stain upon a guillotine.
Use short sentences to create the church
and make every building. Use deer blinds and
that couch as the downtown strip. Really. Don’t
use fire — About three or four are usually
everywhere. Use tyranny as your friend and guide
after an hour. Generally, pleading a short sentence
works well at the door to find the man
coming back from the wooden sky to grab
a zombie life. Rage, lead, and, at the end,
summarize and signal peace.
Here’s the original:
“Use short sentences to create punch and make a point.
Use phrases and even words as sentences. Really.
Do not use too many sentences — about three or four is usually enough.
Use a short sentence as a summary after a longer description.
Generally speaking, a short sentence works well at the start of a paragraph or speech item to grab attention, and at the end, to summarize and signal completion.”
WHAT IS THERE TO SAY
Every act desires and fears
even its nicest end. Decent
vultures nibble bleeding meat.
Dear Tarheel Friends,
I’ll see you soon!
12/10 — Reading and Signing, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, 2:00 p.m.
12/11 — Prologue with Ben Steelman, WHQR, Front Street, Wilmington, N.C. (radio broadcast)
12/12 — Reading and Signing, Pomegranate Books, Wilmington, NC
12/13 — Reading and Signing, Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC
1. Bring volunteers of a colony to a boil.
Add the sign which warned the whole
thing broke, unstable, until bellies
growl and burst. But still the windows
about the pearly-white girl. Sunlight
is two-dimensional blues. In the sun,
finger over his hair and beard
until a bit is melted. Using your friend
and guide or electric beater slowly blend
the pale mixture into old news until smooth and whole.
Civility is salt and pepper to a new regime.
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