Rock Island Line

By Richard Owens Richard Owens
watchdog howling (all caved in
beyond the paletis my home
 
cold wind implacable driven
unaccounted sooth shawl of sorrow
 
unplanned unmapped swallow order
blunt trees mended like man
 
even our shadows belabored in light
commonplace rumbleshaken
 
alliterative portrait of a ploughman
struck down cattle thief
 
contrabandpig ironintermediate
between two states & cargo untold
 
undetected huckster amended airs
an untapped inventorycatholic
 
in the tall grasslaughingmask
chimerical goods for summer sink in

Richard Owens, “Rock Island Line” from Ballads. Copyright © 2012 by Richard Owens. Reprinted by permission of Habenicht Press.

Source: Ballads (Habenicht Press, 2012)

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Poet Richard Owens

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life

Poetic Terms Couplet, Free Verse

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Richard Owens is the author of several volumes of poetry, including No Class (2012), Ballads (2012) and Clutch (2012). His poetry has appeared in Cambridge Literary Review, Hi Zero, Poetry Wales, Shearsman and elsewhere; his critical comments and essays have appeared in Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Open Letter, Paideuma and Poetry Project Newsletter. Since 2005 Owens has edited Damn the Caesars, a journal of contemporary . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Couplet, Free Verse

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