Urban Renewal

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“Urban Renewal”  by Cardiff artist  Jo Whitby

Here’s a poem by contemporary American poet Yusef Konumyakaa:

Urban Renewal

 

The sun slides down behind brick dust,

today’s angle of life. Everything

 

melts, even when backbones

are I-beams braced for impact.

 

Sequential sledgehammers fall, stone

shaped into dry air

 

white soundsystem of loose metal

under every footstep. Wrecking crews,

 

men unable to catch sparrows without breaking

wings into splinters. Blues-horn

 

mercy. Bloodlines. Nothing

but the white odor of absence.

 

The big iron ball

swings, keeping time

 

to pigeons cooing in eaves

as black feathers

 

float on to blueprint

parking lots.

 

 

 

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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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