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Gary Blankenberg
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WINTER SONG

Rather than the ache for
things to bloom,
he chose to sing the song
of the here and the now,
of this time and this place,
of the weather’s wind
rousing the trees to a shudder,
blowing across the frozen lake,
speaking of the strange birds
that elected to stay rather than leave.

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MR. ELECTRIC

knew a black poet
born in the deep
south w/12 fingers

count ‘em folks
12
6 on each hand
2 extra mini-thumbs
to make hitch-hiking
& thumbing the nose
natural hyperboles

gee don’t know
what’s wrong w/me
I’m all thumbs
ha ha ho ho hee hee

her mother arranged
cosmetic surgery
a digital circumcision
not one of them knowing
12 fingers to be
the exquisite & ancient
sign of the witch

later the poet moved
north & bore a daughter
also w/12 fingers
&
she insisted that they
remain because perhaps
she had learned their totem
or missed her own phantom
thumbs & felt what the world
was wanting but could no longer
find

(for Lucille Clifton)


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LIFE AS A LOOSE GARMENT

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About the Poet
Gary Blankenburg writes poetry, short fiction, and essays. He is the author of seven books of poetry; the latest, Dancing with Strangers, which includes stories as well, came out in 2005 (Dolphin-Moon Press, Baltimore). His work has appeared in many magazines, to include The Wormwood Review, Atom Mind, Poetry Motel, Bogg, Pudding, The Salmon, The Potomac Review, Parting Gifts, and Puerto del Sol. He has also been in a number of anthologies, to include Best of the Underground, Baltimore Renaissance, Teaching with Fire, Essential Love, and Poetry Baltimore. He was the founding editor of Electric Press and a founding editor of The Maryland Poetry Review.
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