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The Light That Shatters Darkness: Poems From the Spartan Mine
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David Bond

The Light That Shatters Darkness: Poems From the Spartan Mine, by David Bond

David Bond knows coal, and knows that the contradictions inherent in it cannot be properly told in prose. They require the liberties only poetry can take with language. An excerpt:

Dream

Tar-faced, tired, he rides the rubber freeway
crouched amid black shards
to daylight at shift’s end.

In summer dusk and the
lingering perfume of cookouts
he sits quietly

as synthetic sunshine clicks on
in a thousand shadowed houses
and wonders at the swampy

fern-alchemy of dinosaurs
bending their long necks like swans,
wonders how that light

could ever spring from such darkness.

—David Bond

28 pages. $10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.

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