Another Original: Utah Phillips, 1935-2008

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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    When it comes to pain
    I puss I puss

    though I do admire suffering in itself
    just not my own ass

    what powerlessness creates
    absolute powerlessness creates absolutely

    isn’t every evening as
    ambiguous as suffering

    of uncertain parentage
    hot an’ cold themselves

    wholly spiritual effects
    and then things got cloudy

    had the earth lived into him
    as I once had?

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