David Lee Garrison, “Chromatics”

David Lee Garrison, a native of Bremerton, Washington, is a retired professor of Spanish and Portuguese. His work has been read on the radio by Garrison Keillor and by Game of Thrones star Tara Fitzgerald on the BBC; it has also been featured on Ted Kooser’s poetry website. His most recent book is Carpeing the Diem: Poems about High School (Dos Madres Press).
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Chromatics

Black notes
on gray staves

of oak and ash,
grackles gather.

Measure by measure
they line the branches,

inscribing
their dark music.

 



 

Missile Hymnal Amulet

Poems by G. F. Boyer

These are poems of survival—especially survival of religious indoctrination. At the same time, these poems celebrate a rich natural world: the physical and sensory world of plants, animals, and insects; the innocence and presence of nature; and even an animism that overpowers Christian fundamentalism and the increasingly revealed indifference of God. Through it all, time, aging, and dark humor provide a strong pulse, saying life will go on with or without us. The title’s missile, hymnal, and amulet represent the three sides of this conundrum, as rage, beauty, and love interweave in these crisp and incisive poems. “That’s how bayonets are made, you say. The wound is triangular and doesn’t heal easily.”

 

 

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2 thoughts on “David Lee Garrison, “Chromatics”

  1. This poem grabbed me from the first lines. It is spare but so effective in creating images. It’s not a haiku, but it felt like one. It’s darkly beautiful and I’ve read it several times. My compliments to the poet!

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  2. I loved this newest poem, Gloria. I left some comments on the journal page. I also was reminded that your book was out. Congratulations! I have it in my amazon cart and look forward to reading it.

    Kim

    On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 5:56 AM Clementine Unbound wrote:

    > Creative You Editing posted: “Also check out our Big News page for an > exciting (at least to me) announcement! Chromatics Black notes on gray > staves of oak and ash, grackles gather. Measure by measure they line the > branches, inscribing their dark music. ” >

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