Waking up crazy

(for Raúl Zurita of Chile)


I woke after a fitful sleep

restless & tired

in America

the death of swelling fruit

the death

of 1/2 opened fruit

the death distended

of 1/2 written poems

the death

of 1/2 an unrequited love

the stinking death

of academia acadanemia

the thin blood of critics and theorists

black on the walls of every building

as the rich red blood of the poet

seeps thru the walls and into the laps

of those students who can hear it

crawling between the library

and back into the street

where its origin rides the wind

and in the water draining to the sea

to where all sacred space resides

libraries are as sacred as groves

of walking talking trees who hold

the words and songs of all Time’s poets

John Landry

About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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