Exile by John Macker

 If I stay out here in this spring garden
 exile long enough, the sun will return.
 They say at the bottom of the gravest doubt
 there is satori:  I’m
 missing their life stories already
 their voices compatible with all the other voices
 the cordiality, timorousness or bravery
 of their unfinished sentences. 
 I follow a shovel into the earth. This is what
 the desert once was, a brazen hike through
 unaccounted for territory, where the 
 prayers, always works in progress 
 rose like smoke signals
 easily believed and dispersed.     
 No answers
 from the government or the bobble-headed Poe
 figure all dressed in black on my desk or the
 photo on my wall of the firing line of Apaches
       fighting terrorism since 1492.
 To reconcile what matters most with what might not
 these brazen sorrows
                                    first apricot tree blossoms
 puncture the warming air.

John Macker is a poet, short story writer ands essayist, living in Santa Fe.  In 2006, he edited the Desert Shovel Review. Was the recipient of Mad Blood magazine’s 2006 first annual literary arts award. He’s also the recipient of the 2001 Colorado Arts “Tombstone” Award for poetry, presented in Denver. He has been nominated for 2 Pushcart Small Press Prizes.

Has given readings, lectured, and taught workshops at colleges and festivals throughout the West, including El Paso Community College, Sparrows Poetry Festival, Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Mesa University, Edward Abbey Conference, Moab, Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival, the Harwood Museum, Taos, the Duende Poetry Series, and Ziggie’s Poetry Festival in Denver. In 2009, his books were featured in A Mile High and Underground, an exhibit of Denver literary history, Auraria Campus, sponsored by the Colorado Historical Society.

Source: Mortar Magazine

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