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A Prayer for Lethe
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into these diminished forests calling:
out of the midnight of your exiles,
out of the private music at manic dawn,
out of the bitter-grown logic of your talk.

The stars are shedding their old light
on the same questions we are asking,
but we are asking them still from stools
and in the bottoms of glasses, in the dark we are asking
from the tops of buildings, and over coffee.

From this gray morning water, I am singing
out of my eyes; out of the last heron's cold,
blue reflection I see the words leaving
our endless mouths, devoid of all reason,
new as the garbling of babes, and we are saying
good-morning in the rain; we are sobbing
in the backs of cars and crying out in the hallways I love
your shoes, and the wood-drake is joining

this final fugue: a parallax of rude-truth
at the very end, and at this hour we can finally forget
this language of our regrets, the shame
of these violent centuries with the car horns
disappearing in the rain.

M. P. Jones  

M. P. Jones IV, a fifth-generation Alabamian, is a graduate teaching assistant working toward a master's in Literature at Auburn University where he reads for Southern Humanities Review. His poetry was recently selected by Jennifer Elise Foerster for Auburn's Robert Hughes Mount Poetry Prize. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of Kudzu Review, a journal of Southern literature and environment. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Canary Magazine, Grey Sparrow Poetry Journal, Town Creek Poetry, Avocet Poetry Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review, among many others. He has written nonfiction for decomP magazinE, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, and others. His first collection of poetry, Live at Lethe, is forthcoming from Sweatshoppe Publications.

Copyright © 2013 University of Tampa Press
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M. P. Jones IV. "A Prayer for Lethe." Tampa Review 45.1 (2013): 5-5. Project MUSE. Web. 7 Aug. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
IV, M. P. J.(2013). A Prayer for Lethe. Tampa Review 45(1), 5. University of Tampa Press. Retrieved August 7, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
M. P. Jones IV. "A Prayer for Lethe." Tampa Review 45, no. 1 (2013): 5-5. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed August 7, 2013).
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