Wild Goose Poetry Review

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Mike James, My Father Could

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Mike James
MY FATHER COULD

tell stories
so miraculous
their veracity
could not
be trusted
but so funny
so goddamn
funny
you thought
for a clear
second
the world was
that place
where
happiness
came easy–
stayed–
you forgot
holding joy
longer
than a
moment
is as difficult
as licking
honey
off a rusty
razor blade

Bio: Mike James was born and raised in rural South Carolina. After many years in various parts of the country, he now makes his home in Douglasville, GA, with his wife and five children. Mike’s work has been published in more than a hundred magazines throughout the country. His sixth book, Past Due Notices: Poems 1991-2011, was published last year by Main Street Rag. His next book, Elegy in Reverse, will be published next year by Kelsay Books.

Written by wildgoosepoetryreview

November 15, 2013 at 2:08 am

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  1. Well phrased memoir.

    Mary Ricketson

    November 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  2. Liked this poem from the moment I read it earlier this year in critique group. Great job, Mike. You know how to tell a story in so few words.

    Karen Paul Holmes

    November 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm


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