Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems by Tom Hennen

By Tom Hennen

"It's not easy to think that this American master—and I don't use these phrases lightly—has been hidden correct lower than our noses for many years. yet regardless of his loss of attractiveness, Mr. Hennen, like every useful word-farmer, has easily long gone approximately his calling with humility and gratitude in a tradition whose fundamental crop has develop into repute. He simply watches, waits after which moves, supplying heart-buckling lines." —Dana Jennings, the recent York Times

"As with Ted Kooser, Tom Hennen is a genius of the typical contact. . . . they're amazingly modest males who early authorized poetry as a calling in historical phrases and not allow up regardless of being overlooked early on. They go back to the readers a thousandfold for his or her attentions." — Jim Harrison, from the introduction

"One of the main captivating issues approximately Tom Hennen's poems is his unusual skill to convey substantial quantities of area, usually uninhabited house, into his brain and so into the entire poem."—Robert Bly

Tom Hennen provides voice to the prairie and to rural groups, celebrating—with unhappiness, compliment, and astute observations—the land, climate, and population. in brief lyrics and prose poems, he finds the particular strangeness of normal issues. This quantity is Hennen's long-overdue creation to a countrywide viewers.

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What i do know is the humble migrants who’ve travelled the ocean have felt its wisdom more deeply than an arrogant elite that doesn’t heed the world’s necessary stories. jail the stories & the storytellers, but they will keep speaking the night, until empire expires, with or without the multitudes alive. in this race may we be ready to move fast, yet steady enough to encompass musicians & lake gatherings, forests & 32 guerrilla gardens, fuelled by a love more immense than the injustices we’ve inherited.

After eighty destructive years industrial blockage of salmon habitat we celebrate this uncanny return in the city: salmon to Still Creek in 2012 alert, adept swimmers kindle, perpetuate, astound with sleek scaly stamina miraculous as the salmon that grace Musqueam Creek with each year’s turn around the sun an unbroken vow between relatives 56 57 body burden: a moving target bone, tendon, muscle, joint inflamed knuckle, wrinkle, nail, ten half moons a seven-pound skin, well distributed so light i don’t feel what i carry rashes, scars, bruises, faint scratches eczema reminds fragile barrier, easily broken inner oozes out, itchy lymph fluids that came from swallowed water that came from a river that came from a lake that came from a glacier receding from industrial glare pulse quickens shoulder tenses sorrow deepens send signals down spine 58 fourteen facial bones adapt mandible stretches, maw yawns eyes float in moist sockets while body sweats & sweats, porous ongoing experiment rich in nurdles poor in ecological literacy atrazine in your armpits?

Protecting the coastal home that we are part of home in the big sense ancient as basic stone 30 31 night gift make space and let the night speak through you—what will the darkness say? will it sigh the song of night-cleaners, the lament of the wrongly imprisoned, the rage of the ragged, the dispossessed? how will the night take you back? will you be the vessel for earth shatter, hydro poison, ancestral revenge? perhaps steady weeds, growing irrepressibly into the cracks, urban repurposing, straddling both the drugs that kill & the ones that heal?

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