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Bindweed

Mark Roper

Paper $15.00    |    978-1-910251-24-9    |    2018

The poems in Roper’s new collection present a series of variations on how we perceive and try to connect with the world. There are poems addressed to familiar companions such as the moon or a shadow, and poems that stem from travels abroad. Throughout, Roper’s alertness and subtlety of language frame his subject matter with consummate skill, allowing the reader to see, hear, and sense the vital presences far beyond the margins of the page.

Moon
Battered companion,
your face a map of hurt
no tear consoles.

Closest friend,
it would be so much harder
without you.

You come and go,
    punchdrunk,
proud of your scars.

Always ready
    for one more round,
wanting the night

never to end.
Golden bowl,
no matter how broken.

  Bindweed

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