Michael Aro’s poems speak with the voice of authority that is the natural by-product of a learning that runs both deep and wide. To read his writing is to understand that language is, indeed, the software which runs on the wetware of our brains. An excerpt:
I shave him each day with shaving cream and a
Safety razor, cutting carefully around the
Surgical tape that holds the oxygen
Against his face. His face is fallen and his skin
Is wrinkled but very soft. I am careful not to cut him.
That is not to say I never cut him.
Love is not perfect.
I pull the skin tight under his neck and sometimes
Shave him twice, hoping it will help make him
Comfortable in his deep dream of life.
At other times I sit in the chair beside his bed
And read to him.
I have no mother, husband or children
To take away my time.
I have a job I need to keep.
It may only be for a few more days I am told
And then they will unplug him.
He will gather up his soul around him like a coat
And smiling to himself at his own simple humor
Leave without saying a single word,
As if that were the point of everything.
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