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A Song of Elsewhere

Gerard Smyth

Paper $14.95    |    978-1-910251-07-2    |    2015

"The Collins Coat"
Look at it now, the greatcoat worn by him
in the cloud weather of the south, in the assassin’s
gimlet view. Imagine this—the sway

and swish of it, harp-buttons aglitter,
as he made his way through the hiss of enmities,
clenched fists, the whispered and shouted
oaths of allegiance. Hard shoulders, long sleeves
fit for the arms he raised at the monster meetings
or when he was ready to sign on the dotted line:

death warrants, treaties. Thick wool of military green
worn into shape by a nation-builder’s
girth—the cut of it a clear outline

filling its own glass shrine. And so it became
his shroud—this mantle, garment, sagging weight
of collar and hem, with pockets that once held the wiles of war and peace, the gun in politics.

  A Song of Elsewhere

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