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Deadly Pollen

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Author: Stephen Oliver
Published: 2003
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,237 / 28 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 582
Added to site: 2005.12.27 11948
License: ©
Genres: Poetry, Post-1930

Copyright (C) 2003 by Stephen Oliver.

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te-washed room peeled,
flaked, wooden shutters opened
on the small harbour quay -
a restaurateur tipped his garbage
casually into the Mediterranean.
A night of fish bones, cigarette butts,
bobbed in an oily slick. West,
into shadow, Antínoös anchored off
the headland, outboard silenced,
dynamite exploding like an octopus
under a shoal of fish beneath.


Alcatraz not Minoan ruins.
Morning mist hangs its garden off
Golden Gate bridge. Men in
fog loom large. Fog or ram's horn?
Container ship - warrior barge,
passes under with another load of
Japanese cars to feast upon
freeways. 'Straight guys are at a
premium' you said. (Or so I
overheard). Seven months under
your roof in your bed. I never got
to Texas - never hit Route 66.
Marooned on my Isle, deep within
that lustful, solitary confinement.


Do words bring to mind flat
sided buildings, cliff face, waterfall?
Each emotion to its respectiv



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