Shroud of Self-Neglect – Author William Wright, Jr.

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I’ve no truths to spare

From these caverns

Of self-neglect


By hatred’s

Devilish fumes

Where my words

Tread light

In a callous whisper

I’ve no truths to spare

From this low

This miserable hush

For all I bear

Are the loathsome gripes

Of a fool awash

In the surf

Of his truth-bearing doubts

© William Wright, Jr.

William Wright

Excerpt from the book The Slums of Nightfall

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William Wright About the Author

My name is William Lorenzo Wright, Jr. I am the youngest of three children, as well as the only son to two loving and hard-working parents. I am a college student from San Diego California and I hold a deep passion for reading and writing poetry. I was sixteen years old when I first fell in love with poetry and I have been faithful to the craft ever since.


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Silk-Sheeted Matchbox

Each night I fall into the same state of ease
Within the binds
Of a silk-sheeted matchbox

Fated to be struck by midnight,
Then wholly engulfed
By a pillaging inferno of ghosts

But I’ll applaud the dying throes
Of their sinister dance soon enough

While I wince
At the gold-plated armor
Of the rescuing dawn

Poem of the Week: Feared Drowned by Sharon Olds

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Feared Drowned

Suddenly nobody knows where you are,
your suit black as seaweed, your bearded
head slick as a seal’s.

Somebody watches the kids. I walk down the
edge of the water, clutching the towel
like a widow’s shawl around me.

None of the swimmers is just right.
Too short, too heavy, clean-shaven,
they rise out of the surf, the water
rushing down their shoulders.

Rocks stick out near shore like heads.
Kelp snakes in like a shed black suit
and I cannot find you.

My stomach begins to contract as if to
vomit salt water

when up the sand toward me comes
a man who looks very much like you,
his beard matted like beach grass, his suit
dark as a wet shell against his body.

Coming closer, he turns out
to be you – or nearly.
Once you lose someone it is never exactly
the same person who…

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