Member since November 23, 2010 | 2,716 Readings |
Lukas Thorburn lives in Massachusetts. Their poetry is inspired by a deep and abiding love of the natural world, and a fascination with humanity's attempts to understand and relate to it.
Far worse than drowning, I think, is the fear of drowning. / It is the fear that smothers- the water’s / a release, a gentle shock. Before you…
I was born with a splinter in my chest / and I took my first steps with / the stride of a fugitive. I was born / with a heart that beat…
From an Airplane Somewhere Over the Midwest
Eventually the luminous veins / of the city give way to / the fertile dark of earth and / sky. The sun has already / punctured the tenuous /…
Near the End of Autumn
I am tripping through brambles. I hack and tear at branches. / Thorns interrogate my thighs. My bleeding / proves my innocence. I cannot be a…
I would not bind the Word of God in pages, / but let it scrawl itself haphazardly / across the faces of the aged, aching / men whose lives were…
Who knows if they’re the fingers of / some long-dead giant, / reduced by gust and gale to pale weathered bone / that sticks spindling out of the…
Killing the Buddha
I am forever the reverent one. / / I am the fire-thief; I am the shaman. / I will go forth for you, darling, and bring back / the wisdom of gods…
Honey ran down the stained-glass window / of the mausoleum. / It tasted sweet, like pomegranates. / / The tomb was silent / and pregnant as the…
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/ When I was eight years of age / / I lived near a forest of evergreens, / / Their needles strewn across the grounds, / And rocks like…
Detergent suicide is all / the rage, haven't you / heard? Teenagers leave / notes warning of the gristle rotted / egg smell that could send …
They think I'm being derisive / when I call them Tea Baggers / but I'm just being accurate. / / Studies have shown that when / given a…
Like a silver trumpet, I’m beautiful / but bad at my job. I can’t tell my friends / that this is all I am. Because they’re / pharaohs and I’m a…
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