Stewart Acuff

Oct 24

The early dawn

The early dawn plays tricks on the eyes Like the coyote trickster of some Southwest Native People Images not clear, identities blurred Maybe that’s why travels into the soul can yield so much And the mind’s work can

Oct 13

Now the Tyrant’s Legion Rides

Now the tyrant’s Legion rides the land Ripping up voting rights in state after state Torching churches, temples, schools, unions any institution in their way The Emperor Kochs with their billions sit high watching the work they paid

Oct 3

Capitalism Destroys

They just announced that Bank of America will have to pay $16 billion For its role in destroying the world’s economy in 2007 Nowhere close to any number that would make up for The stolen homes, wrecked

Oct 2

Change

My good friend John Christensen made the following comment on this poem that I wanted to share with you: “So true as I listen to our first minority president give a well thought out speech

Sep 26

Cleansing Rain

Another new poem, Cleansing Rain, that recently got published on Political Affairs. The rain woke me this morning The Southern sky opened, pouring Out all she had, thunder roaring Its own accompanying catharsis No tender rain this morning But a

Sep 12

On Unemployment

This poem was just published in the poetry journal Blue Collar Review. It is one of several attempts I’ve made to document in poetry the effects of the Great Recession. I wake when I do Three

Sep 3

Forge-like heat

In the daily intensity of forge-like heat The daily triage of meetings and buses and trains And yes I hate them, planes And the million what-ifs doubt Sometimes I think now in older years It is the delicious reset

Aug 7

Dark descended

I’ll be on my good friend John Case’s Winners and Losers radio show today and I’ll be reading this new poem. Dark descended long ago this night Leaving the creatures of the light To their dreams and

Jul 31

Dreaming of Lincoln

Dreaming of Lincoln pacing the floor at the cottage Deep into the night after passing hours With Stanton tellin’ stories of Illinois and flatboats And the frontier, hard-handed whiskey drinkin’ men Unable to sleep even into the tiny

Jul 28

An Osprey

I just saw an osprey straining against the sky And the perpetual pull of the earth As she carried a small rockfish over the Chesapeake Taking it to her babies waiting in the giant nest new this

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