Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, POETICAL ABSTRACTS: 2. METAPHYSICAL, by HAYDEN CARRUTH

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POETICAL ABSTRACTS: 2. METAPHYSICAL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fascination / o' jack-o'-lanterns
Subject(s): Halloween; Pumpkins

o' jack-o'-lanterns

round livid fruit already dulling

on an autumnal doorstep
in a stone wind

leaf-waste and the chill
discussions of dust

the light inside gleaming
at all four windows of life

gusts of light

flickering, now guttering
and ah the darkness -- but

it brightens and again
life quickens, comic

intelligence leaps out
a quirk on the dark until

it can leap no more
falls, the darkness

rushes in, tidal
over the smell

of snuffed wick and sweet
flesh overheated.

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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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