Your Idea of Embracing Horror

By A. F. Moritz b. 1947
Your idea of embracing horror
was overwhelmed by the horror:

                                                                                  in the mild
milkiness of the afternoon, on the bluff
that commands a vision of bank towers
knifing up far higher than the rising, empty
shell of the moon ... on the height where you stand
and still can't understand your life
as anything but slow dying, your time seeps out
as into a warm bath, the way the exemplary career
of Petronius the Just—pornographer and satirist-
once leaked away.

Albert Frank Moritz, "Your Idea of Embracing Horror" from Houseboat on the Styx. Copyright © 1998 by Albert Frank Moritz.  Reprinted by permission of Ekstasis Editions.

Source: Houseboat on the Styx (Ekstasis Editions, 1998)

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Poet A. F. Moritz b. 1947

POET’S REGION Canada

Subjects Nature, Time & Brevity, Poetry & Poets, Landscapes & Pastorals, Disappointment & Failure, Living, Arts & Sciences, Death

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A.F. Moritz (Albert F. Moritz) is the author of more than 15 books of poetry; he has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Relit Award (for Night Street Repairs, named the best book of poetry published in Canada in 2005), an Ingram Merrill Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. A Canadian citizen, Moritz was born in Ohio and moved to Canada in . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Time & Brevity, Poetry & Poets, Landscapes & Pastorals, Disappointment & Failure, Living, Arts & Sciences, Death

POET’S REGION Canada

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