And I am asked—ask myself (I, too, covered   
with the gurry of it) where
shall we go from here, what can we do
when even the public conveyances
          how can we go anywhere,
even cross-town
                         how get out of anywhere (the bodies   
all buried
in shallow graves?

  • Charles Olson, “The Songs of Maximus: ‘Song 2’ ” from The Maximus Poems, published by the University of California Press. Copyright © 1983 by Charles Olson. Reprinted with the permission of The Literary Estate of Charles Olson.

  • Source: The Maximus Poems (University of California Press, 1987)

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"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
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