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What Is Necessary. (A Scroll of Contemporary Poems).

What Is Necessary

Rain straight down, yellow leaves, concrete: I grow as still as
a deer. What we call ordinary, vegetarian meat loaf, tartar
control dental floss, stands for a wall. You teach me to move,
electricity is clear, death will not wait--I grow as still as a

in rain--
         if I held you--
sky and wind--
         if I held you--
gather at that place:
         the wind
         prayed, the
                 sunlight prayed--

Joseph Lease is the author of Human Rights (Zoland). Lease's poem "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" was selected by Robert Creeley for the Best American Poetry 2002 (Scribner). In Talisman, Christopher Beach wrote: "Joseph Lease is among the most accomplished and provocative poets of his generation." Thomas Fink's book A Different Sense of Power (Associated University Presses) includes extensive critical discussion of Lease's longer poems. Lease is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University.

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Author:Lease, Joseph
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Date:Sep 22, 2002
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