Naked in the Ditches

By Richard Owens Richard Owens
phlegmatic on my bier
no regretsmy body bears
truth stem to stern
beginning with the hips
who am of common stock
looking to the sea
face groundnothing now
conjured from dust
sufferinghung by the heels
sought occasion
as will was never conquered
to see the host broken
a swinging scythethe dance
this most pleasant to me
so make moan of the old days
say why should love live

Richard Owens, “Naked in the Ditches” 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 Living, The Body

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Quatrain

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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 Living, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Quatrain

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