Postmodern Rez Edge Inhalation: Paint Thinner Sublime

By Gordon Henry Jr. b. 1955 Gordon Henry
Chemical angels ride into this vacant room
as walls and windows drip away
into western fronts, post depression farm
boundaries barely barb-wired together, enclosed
stone pile pastures a gray horse standing still,
facing north, a snort of breath drifting
to a rail car passing horizon
the wind hinting the spirit of ice
nights so long you can only hope
the red blood circling for warmth
in your cells don’t freeze here
with the rest of this lost American dream.

Gordon  Henry, Jr., “Postmodern Rez Edge Inhalation: Paint Thinner Sublime” from The Failure of Certain Charms: And Other Disparate Signs of Life. Copyright © 2007 by Gordon  Henry, Jr.. Reprinted by permission of Salt Publishing.

Source: The Failure of Certain Charms: And Other Disparate Signs of Life (Salt Publishing, 2007)

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Poet Gordon Henry Jr. b. 1955

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Social Commentaries, History & Politics, Race & Ethnicity, Class

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Gordon Henry Jr. is an Anishinabe and an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota. His father was in the U.S. Navy, and Henry grew up on military bases. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside; an MA in English and creative writing from Michigan State University; and a PhD from the University of North Dakota. He is the author of the poetry chapbook Outside White Earth . . .

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, History & Politics, Race & Ethnicity, Class

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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