By Todd Swift b. 1966 Todd Swift
No children;
Cold uncoils in the blood;
Science, true, not good
For you. So old,
Suddenly, or so young.
Lyric inside not to be sung.
Plug pulled, screen gone.
Sun out; mind
Bountiful, playing pain.
These are my children
In my head. Unbegotten.
This is to self-forget,
To have the future
Born forgotten.

Source: Poetry (February 2011).


This poem originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

February 2011
 Todd  Swift


Born in Montreal, poet, editor, and screenwriter Stanley Todd Swift grew up in St. Lambert and Montreal. He earned a BA at Concordia University and an MA and a PhD at the University of East Anglia.
In his formally innovative lyric poems, Swift engages themes of innocence and experience. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Selected Poems (2014),When All my Disappointments Came at Once (2012), England . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Growing Old, Disappointment & Failure, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets


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