Wild Kingdom

By Tyrone Williams Tyrone Williams

for Milan Kundera

This is your foreign correspondent,
Aristotle, for The Poetics,
reporting live from the Mediterranean
where the skulls and bones of a few Egyptians
crown the tradeships of His Majesty,
wave back and forth:
starfish—moons—Februaries.

To my right, our military advisor,
Hernando Cortez,
oversees operations at the Aztec/
Mexican border
where to the left of a stone no longer rising from water
a dove collects
its nest egg
upon the skeleton of a hummingbird.

To my left, our scribe-in-residence,
St. Nickle-and-Dime-‘Em-To-Debt,
scribbles furiously to a mortgaged future
where the last rites of man
and of-man
are delivered at the near-twin
births of the lyric and gunpowder.

Tyrone Williams, “Wild Kingdom” from Adventures of Pi. Copyright © 2011 by Tyrone Williams. Reprinted by permission of Dos Madres Press.

Source: Adventures of Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011)

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Poet Tyrone Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned his BA, MA, and PhD at Wayne State University. He is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Convalescence (1987); Futures, Elections (2004); Musique Noir (2006); and Pink Tie (2011), among others. His full-length collections of poetry include c.c. (2002), On Spec (2008), The Hero Project (2009), Adventures of Pi (2011), and Howell (2011).

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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