Just Enough

Written by Garrison Benson in Poetry on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
I have a friend—call him Tyler—whose girlfriend wore
him like a handbag she found at a thrift store.
Good enough. She could make it work
with her outfit, for now. With one man
on her arm and a few others carrying her train,
lapping up whatever scraps she ...

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Love and Reasons

Written by Garrison Benson in Poetry on Sunday, June 7, 2015.
"Only miserable people will tell you
that love has to be deserved."

—Tony Hoagland, "What Narcissism Means To Me"

Love refuses to be reason's pet, to sit obediently
tied to the causal chain of deservedness
and reasonableness, "Thus", "Therefore", "Because",
"In conclusion, those are the several appropriate
and considered ...

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Sustenance and Change

Written by Garrison Benson in Essays on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
"Whatever is foreseen in joy
Must be lived out from day to day
Vision help open in the dark
By our ten thousand days of work.
Harvest will fill the barn; for that
The hand must ache, the face must sweat."

—Wendell Berry, "Sabbaths" (1979, X)

In each system, some ...

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Written by Garrison Benson in Poetry on Friday, May 15, 2015.

The people need gods, and gods don't last forever. Thus every so often, at a most excellent temple or palace or arena or academy, a pageant is held. Any child who wants to, or whose mother wants her to, will enter the pageant, to prove she has the capacity ...

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