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Celebrate Poetry Month

Anvil of Roses

 April is National Poetry Month.  Here's one from local poet laureate, Thomas Hornsby Ferril.

Thomas Hornsby Ferril published Anvil of Roses, his 6th book of poetry, when he was 87 years old.  He published his first poem at the age of 10.  

 

 

Desert Epilog

Implausible, that naked night, I still am not quite sure of what we used for words for being there.

I seem to think you were saying something about a madonna dark with candle smoke and wasn't I trying to tell you how to tell the white death-camas from false asphodel?

No matter, my invention year by year contrives new overtures and afterways to that far passion.

Here alone in this hot afternoon  I almost touch but do not touch these tortured torques and splines of desert lava worn by slow abrasions of old old winds that blow and blow forever.

I close my eyes, I hear our wooded river. I see our first new moon.

 

Anvil of Roses, other collections of poetry, and the Thomas Hornsby Ferril and Family manuscript collection, are available at the Denver Public Library.  Read more about it here.

great selection, what an

great selection, what an amazing piece of poetry