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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Poem-a-Day DBF Countdown: Stuart Dischell

The Aug. 26 cover story "Monsters of Poetry" puts the spotlight on the poet's art to preview the fourth annual Decatur Book Festival, to be held Sep. 4-6. This blog will count down the days to the festival -- and through the festival -- by posting a poem each day by a different writer, to let the verse speak for itself. For Sep. 2, “My Famous Broken Heart” by Stuart Dischell.

“My Famous Broken Heart”

In my skylit rental

Rain filled the pots and pans

I went from room to room

Like a poisoned mouse

Man in pajamas

Man in slippers

Man wanting breakfast and

A pretty face at the table.

Bad weather was in the air.

News in sawed-off blasts.

Jackals stitching the periphery

Seized the weakest of the herd.

The temperature dropped.

I stubbed my toe.

The furnace shuddered.

Balloons of my breath

Hung curses in the hall,

And out the window the look

On the trees was not funny

With their ice coated branches

Or what the night would pull

From its sleeve. Into this

I took my famous broken heart for a walk.

(First appeared in “Forklift, Ohio")

Stuart Dischell is the author of four collections of poems published by

Penguin Poets, most recently Backwards Days (2007). He has received awards and fellowships from the National Poetry Series, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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