David Anthony - Slush Pile



In some respects I like this, even though
the workmanship’s not great. Who’d rhyme ‘today’
with ‘day’? This one’s arcane: what does it say?
Two down now; just two hundred more to go.
Call that a poem? Prose! And this one’s so
Poetic. Why must people disobey
the basic rules of syntax? No. No way,
and No, and No, and No, and No, and No,

and . . .Oh. Here’s something special: see it shine.
It coruscates: a lamp of burnished gold
revealing vistas formerly unseen.
I sense the presence of a noble soul
who dares to go where others have not been.
Ah, I recall it now: it’s one of mine!