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Henry Braun, poet, teacher, activist, loyal friend, and very sweet and joyful man, died on Oct. 11, 2014. His latest book was Loyalty: New and Collected Poems (Off the Grid Press).

In the 1960s he organized poetry read-ins against the war in Vietnam and participated in the War Tax Resistance movement, and helped organize a draft card turn-in at the Justice Department. He was an un-indicted co-conspirator at the Boston 5 trial with Benjamin Spock and Mitchell Goodman.

To honor his life a yearly Memorial Poetry Prize has been established for the University of Maine system students and graduates.

www.henrybraun.net

 


Spring 2016 »

Buddha Said “Everything Comes Out of Nothing”

Every letter of “n…o….t…h…i….n…g” holds to itself
strictly, as if Silence were its queen,
in a world where pennies are the pelf,
refusing, hour by hour, deepness to mean.

There is no Bo Tree in our New England.
Please, EVERYTHING, leap out from my hand.

 

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LIFE’S A PICNIC

It being time to call Everyman
by his first name and Everywoman by hers,
in this forest I unfold my retable,
three cosmogonies hinged together:
a blue paradise, a vernal green,
a shimmering black for this sinner.

After all, all arms were turned
on similar spindles. Films
in closeups show our faces
reflecting cities & solitudes one by one
as mine does, encounter by encounter.

Now, as we gather in this forest,
I spread my retable flat upon the ground
for a picnic with Everything
and Everybody. My shadow aside
as usual, I smile,
letting the plural
wind itself up again in rhyming sound.

 

 

Henry Braun ~

 

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