Lonely Deep Affection

By CAConrad CAConrad
years of  practice for a soft
        landing in the slaughter
                we looked far off to
             a flag sewn into flesh
dear enemy come down the
     hill I have taken a title out
of  the love for you jumping
     down the clear shaft of  your eye
      you would not know how long I
      paused when writing this unless
             I said so in the poem
              half an hour staring
              at the pencil having
      written of  my enemy with
      love and fight to maintain
                            the ascension
                            voices from a
                            room no one exits
                            we pry genocide out
                            of  the museum but
                            meant to remove
                            the museum
                            from genocide

Source: Poetry (October 2013).


This poem originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

October 2013


Poet CAConrad grew up in Pennsylvania, where he helped to support his single mother during his difficult youth. Influenced by Eileen Myles, Audre Lorde, Alice Notley, and Emily Dickinson, he writes poems in which stark images of sex, violence, and defiance build a bridge between fable and confession. In a 2010 interview with Luke Degnan for BOMB Magazine’s BOMBlog, Conrad discussed his approach to poetry, which focuses on . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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