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A Preview For You All

With Kevin Heaton’s chapbook coming out in a few days (that’s January 8th!), I decided to post a preview poem from his collection. He thought that this would be a good choice to use:

The Shepherd Has No Staff

A miscreant presence defiles
the blush of vestal virginity,

submitting her virtue to abuse
and deceit. A white robe

without spot or wrinkle, rent
and torn, her shame supine

and splayed upon perfumed
sheets; stained scarlet by an ancient

profession. Remnants of Eucharist,
received on blasphemous lips

digest inside green bowels of self-
proclamation. Quilled, founding

fingers, dipped in communion wine,
lopped from hands placed on holy

leather; sworn to uphold
appointments of higher calling.

The children of freedom abandoned;
banished to wander the wilderness,

led by a shepherd with no staff.
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As usual with Kevin’s work, tremendous imagery, an incredibly strong finish, and a lot of things given to the reader to think about. It doesn’t get much better than that, folks.

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach

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One Response

  1. Researching poetry online for paper. Came across HHI volume 2, Really love From There to Here (Lorna Gilbert). As you said in your blog, awesome piece!

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