Less than Tragedy

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dense remnants of sky
are crushed into exhaustion
inside neutron stars

hot pulses, i have
felt from weakness with
my concentration

energetically
behind cold matter i am
less than tragedy.

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© Ben Ditmars 2017

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Book Review: Within the Heart of Silence by James William Peercy and Jacqueline E. Smith

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Within the Heart of Silence

by James William Peercy and Jacqueline E. Smith

4/5 stars

Within the Heart of Silence is great ekphrastic poetry, blending images with words that often read like music. I enjoyed the touch of agelessness presented by Smith’s photography and Peercy’s verse. The rhyming did not always work for me, but I appreciated its structure. Definitely a great book to read outside in the woods.

Canaries

gas continues choking

casualties
like lab rats or

canaries in a coal mine…

next time, there won’t be
a next time

we remember

Aurora,
Sandyhook,
Manchester,

stray bullets in
an endless narrative.

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© Ben Ditmars 2017

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Photograph by Kim Stapf

All the Same

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you know, i try to be
objective on the pain

as if my purpose
was not feeling the environment
for cracks and fissures

caught inside
this neural net,

another fish can’t breathe
or resperate the porous salt of his
identity…

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© Ben Ditmars 2017

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