Marsh Hawk Review is an online poetry journal sponsored by the Marsh Hawk Press collective. Marsh Hawk Review will appear twice a year, under the revolving editorship of collective members. Each issue will offer a selection of poems solicited by the editor, in addition to new work posted by poets in the collective.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Carlos Hiraldo

Carlos Hiraldo

At 37


All a man really needs is
a clean, well-lighted place
to shit.

And the respect that affords
owning or renting
a clean, well-lighted place
to shit.

It’s only O.K.
to be metaphorically homeless.

It’s essential if you think you’re a poet.

Look like Rosa Parks
at the back
of a public bus,
while looking for olives
as the supermarket speaker plays
interminable Christmas carols.

Nobody told you you would
feel so hollow at 37.
You’re not losing weight,
just bone density.

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