Bright Soil, Dark Sun

Bright Soil, Dark Sun

by Samuel T. Franklin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635349580
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 06/19/2019
Pages: 92
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

After earning an MA from Indiana State University, Samuel T. Franklin authored his first poetry collection, The God of Happiness. A 2018 Best of the Net nominee, his poems have appeared in such publications as Riggwelter, Rabid Oak, The Indianapolis Review, and Hoosier Lit. Samuel lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Table of Contents

I. Radiance and Shadows

City Aspect 1

Some Summer Work 3

Coffee Nights 4

River: Wabash 5

River: Beneath 6

The House on Iowa Street 7

Thrombosis 9

Winter Mornings on 17th Street 11

What a Poet Cannot Understand 12

Basement Apartment 14

Evening in April 16

The Light at the End of the Universe 17

II. The Language of Discord

I Have Seen the Dead 21

Spring Break 2010 22

The Beauty 24

Double Eagle in a Vigo County Pawnshop 25

As Things Are 26

When the Storm Moves On 27

Circling 28

Old Railtrack 30

Night Snow 32

His Name’s Mark, He’s Got No Shirt, No Shoes, No

Home, He’s on the Corner of Seventh and College

with a Cardboard Sign and Sweating in the Hot Noon

for Pennies Thrown into a Battered Old Hat 33

Alan Kurdi 34

Watermelon Surplus 35

The Day 37

At the Site of Fort Sackville 40

After Mythology 41

The House on Clark Street 43

III. Politics, Gods, and Other Nightmares

Before Prometheus Gave Fire to Man 47

The Wireless Deity 48

Aquarius’ Age 49

Perennial 51

Corpse Flower 52

Killing the Ants 53

Alt-Reality 54

Politics in the Age of Poison 55

The Stripping Away 56

Dream of the Black Sun 57

Divinity 58

God’s Bucket List 59

Sisyphus at the Summit 62

IV. Rejoining the Spiral

Speak of a Body 67

Links 68

Becoming Rain 70

In a Previous Life 71

In Praise of Life 72

Tree Bones 73

Half-dream in Autumn 74

Driving on an August Evening 75

On a Ferry for Beaver Island, MI 76

Greening 77

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