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Haiku to You, Too

The following are excerpts from A.W. Strouse’s Haiku to You, Too.
Witty, sensual, laced with religious undertones, they are little meditative pieces reflective of his peculiar gay and Christian sensibility.

caravaggio

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the trick is
to love your own life so much
you would even die for it

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who needs the gift
but you have the wrapping

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god is Yes, and satan No
but Maybe is a man

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without knotting the thread
or fastening the end
the string of my mind
sewing on thoughts

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much like Noah on the Ark:
early spring in Central Park.
Lovers stroll by, two by two:
A regular zoo

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the fall is not creation,
the self is not the soul

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the church of Chicken Salad
the bloodless Crucifixion

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pouring old wine
into this new skin:
let me get your number darling

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head-first through
the head-hole of
his favorite shirt the smell
of the pits like
Solomon’s temple

 

A.W. STROUSE is a poet, academic, labor activist, and political commentator. His poems and short stories have appeared in various literary journals. He holds an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and is currently a Ph.D. student in English at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he studies medieval poetry, with a special focus on the history of love.

A .pdf version of his Haiku chapbook can be found on his academic website.  And for more of his work, see AWStrouse.com.  His short story, “A Faithless Revelation,” appeared in IMPACT Magazine’s inaugural issue.

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