Take Heart 20 November 2013

Posted Monday, November 18, 2013 in Features

Take Heart 20 November 2013

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A Conversation in Poetry

Edited and Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate


Waking in the morning anxious about troubled dreams he couldn’t trace was not a happy experience for today’s poet, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc of Portland. Yet he “took paper in trade” for it, and the description he wrote became today’s fine poem.


Worry Bone

by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc


Woke gnawing its remains. Air

the brackish tinge of depths I had


all night been swimming in. No bird

song from the vine-covered fence


my room looks out on—not even

the pigeons’ manic calls. I talked


myself down from the bed, a loft,

took paper in trade for the splintered


bone—human or animal

I don’t know. I’d picked it clean though,


chewed the joint, cracked one end,

sucked the marrow. Tell me,


Mind, why you ravaged this limb-part.

Tell me what its owner told you in the dark.


Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2012 Gibson Fay-LeBlanc. Reprinted from Death of a Ventriloquist, University of North Texas Press, 2012, by permission of Gibson Fay-LeBlanc. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at mainepoetlaureate@gmail.com or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.


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