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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2017

NEAR DAWN

 

by Alan Britt

 

 

Donkey hoof grazes my cheek.

 

Dung straw entices seniors

flocking early bird buffets,

fairy godmothers, or godfathers,

(because there were some:

Melvin, Demetrius, Angelo,

& Karl with a K, William the way

William prefers before his nap

during the one millionth Mass

performed when folks weren’t

paying much attention & barely

two days before William, at rope’s

end, professed his love for a catbird

he heard screeching, I love you,

that is, so please don’t kill me).

 

 

 

 

Alan Britt has published over 3,000 poems nationally and internationally in such places as Agni, Bitter Oleander, Bloomsbury Review, Christian Science Monitor (U.S.), International Gallerie (India),  Letras (Chile), Magyar Naplo (Hungary), and A New Ulster (Ireland). His interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem aired on Pacifica Radio, January 2013. He has published 16 books of poetry. He teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.

Preferring to "lean and loafe at his ease," Alan Britt is troubled by the corruption and ambivalence that permeates the Great Experiment, so politically speaking, he has started the Commonsense Party, which ironically to some, sounds radical. He believes the U.S. should stop invading other countries to relieve them of their natural resources including tin, copper, bananas, diamonds, and oil; also, that it’s time to eliminate corporate entitlements and reduce military spending in order to properly educate its citizenry, thereby reducing crime and strengthening the populace in the manner that the Constitution envisioned. He is quite fond of animals both wild and domestic and supports prosecuting animal abusers. As a member of PETA, he is disgusted by factory farming and decorative fur.

ALAN BRITT: Library of Congress Interview:

http://www.loc.gov/poetry/media/avfiles/poet-poem-alan-britt.mp3

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017