Skip to main content

A CHRISTMAS POEM FROM TODD SWIFT DECEMBER 25 2013

THE MOTHER OF JESUS GAVE THE FIRST GIFT

The bruise of asking
inside genderless
the more a God demands
spreads angelic paste

the task of bearing
Christ's little weight
tastes a globe of blood
on the toying tongue

clouds boiled elsewhere
prepare their foreignness
like uneven stars
exchange air for dust

rain for a reign
the boy-child's nails
are rust by now
after the Roman taps

caress that blonde grain
the wood bore his skinny
freight well off the ground
that deserved more just

as she Mary-mother lifted
His lusty seedlings
of denatured dominion
in her privacy ruined

her swollen overbearing
flood bursting green
banks to drown
Christmastime in a tide

her fluidity of sense
and giving up, her
blunt loss the main gift
that flourishes brightly

across centuries, a snow
drift his Easter clears
but only first the good
comes, the stain under skin

healing slowly, after
an unalterable imposition
in the dizzy hayloft
among beasts and sultans

bowing to see water break
and a woman open out
to let one black hole emerge
out of fecundity into world

as if being went backwards
to roll the sun back
as a sleeve will to an arm
harm itself undone in splurge

the sack and grease
of this birth contaminating
each pried apart visitor
driven back to dull lands

immersed in a totality-virus
the entirety of creation aching
to shed and blister as if a snake
taking flight to be - up - bird


copyright Todd Swift 2013
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

DANGER, MAN

Like a crazed killer clown, whether we are thrilled, horrified, shocked, or angered (or all of these) by Donald Trump, we cannot claim to be rid of him just yet. He bestrides the world stage like a silverback gorilla (according to one British thug), or a bad analogy, but he is there, a figure, no longer of fun, but grave concern.

There has long been a history of misogynistic behaviour in American gangster culture - one thinks of the grapefruit in the face in The Public Enemy, or Sinatra throwing a woman out of his hotel room and later commenting he didn't realise there was a pool below to break her fall, or the polluted womb in Pacino'sScarface... and of course, some gangsta rap is also sexist.  American culture has a difficult way with handling the combined aspects of male power, and male privilege, that, especially in heteronormative capitalist enclaves, where money/pussy both become grabbable, reified objects and objectives (The Wolf of Wall Street for instance), an ugly fus…

AMERICA PSYCHO

According to the latest CBS, ABC, etc, polls, Clinton is still likely to beat Trump - by percentile odds of 66% to 33% and change. But the current popular vote is much closer, probably tied with the error of margin, around 44% each. Trump has to win more key battleground states to win, and may not - but he is ahead in Florida...

We will all know, in a week, whether we live in a world gone madder, or just relatively mad.

While it seems likely calmer heads will prevail, the recent Brexit win shows that polls can mislead, especially when one of the options is considered a bit embarrassing, rude or even racist - and Trump qualifies for these, at least.

If 42-45% of Americans admit they would vote for Trump, what does that say about the ones not so vocal? For surely, they must be there, as well. Some of the undecided will slide, and more likely they will slide to the wilder and more exciting fringe candidate. As may the libertarians.

Eyewear predicts that Trump will just about manage to win th…

SEXTON SHORTLIST!

Announcing the Shortlist for the 2016 Sexton PrizeSeptember 13, 2016 / By Kelly Davio
Eyewear Publishing is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Sexton Prize. The finalists are, in no particular order, as follows:


THE BARBAROUS CENTURY, Leah Umansky
HISTORY OF GONE, Lynn Schmeidler
SEVERE CLEAR, Maya Catherine Popa
GIMME THAT. DON’T SMITE ME, Steve Kronen
SCHEHERAZADE AND OTHER REDEPLOYMENTS, David McAleavey
AN AMERICAN PURGATORY, Rebecca Gayle Howell
SIT IN THE DARK WITH ME, Jesse Lee Kercheval

The shortlist was selected by Eyewear’s Director Todd Swift with Senior Editor Kelly Davio. Don Share of Poetry Magazine will select the winning manuscript, which will be released at the 2017 AWP conference in Washington, D.C. The winner will be announced in October. 
Congratulations to our finalists!