Two Lives Two Thousand Omens: A Collection of Poetry

Two Lives Two Thousand Omens: A Collection of Poetry

by Tom Renkes, John Presley


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Two Lives Two Thousand Omens: A Collection of Poetry by Tom Renkes, John Presley

Covering Native American themes, Nature, modern society, and life's reflections, this special collection of poetry, written over the last twenty years, is not listed or titled by author. It is for the reader to feel the tensions between the poems while experiencing the conversations and relationships among the themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988501133
Publisher: Mitchell Street Press
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 97
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Tom Renkes has been writing poetry for almost 30 years. He has been an adjunct faculty, administrator, executive, and a human being. He is the author of novels and short stories under a pseudonym.

John Presley has been writing poetry now for almost 50 years. He has published in a number of journals, anthologies, and collections. He has a chapbook collection, How Like a Life, which was published by Blue Cloud Abbey Press, and has edited several collections and editions himself. He has been an academic, professor, provost, administrator, and a human being.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

On Her Ground 3

Death 4

Start Here 5

Awaiting Winter 6

Three Bulls Spends November in Mallorca 7

Analogy to a Busy Life 8

In My Father's House 9

Earth's Pulse 10

Tom Watson Speaks From the Porch of Alexander Stephen's Home 11

Insight After a Wednesday Night 12

From the Houses of the Dead 13

The Tracks 14

Metamorphosis 15

Mayflies and Children 16

Boars Hill 17

Haunts 18

Tell No One 19

Gin on a Summer's Night 20

Parable for Positivists 21

Destiny 22

What Three Bulls Wishes Had Happened 23

If Only I Could See… 24

Three Bulls First Remembers 25

After the Funeral 26

Three Bulls and the Name-Magic 28

Watching Music 29

The Manchester Mills 30

They Sing to the Chairs 31

Metaphysical 32

White Space 33

How My Interview Went 34

The Arrogance of Entitlement 35

Choices 36

The Old Man and the Leaf 37

After Swimming 38

Three Manhattans 39

Three Bulls Finds a Sonnet of Sorts in His Mail 40

The Connection to the Universe 41

Three Bulls at the Ethnobotany Lecture 42

And the Trees Applauded 44

Necessary 45

Music in the Parlor 46

Hamlet Advises Polonius 47

Two by the Window 49

Adam Drives Away 50

Black Widow Siren 51

Things Three Bulls Didn't Know Before the Mail Today 52

The Choice of Poverty 53

Watching Bly Write a Poem at the Mississippi 54

Poetry on the Winter Morn of 12/12/12 55

Writing Poetry Is 56

A Poem and a Barn With a Car 57

Minimalist 58

True Love 59

Would That We Were 60

Me 61

Some of the Memories 63

Tilling the Soul 65

Fourteen Lines Before the Reception 66

My Office 67

When Orders Arrive in Three Bulls' Mail 68

A Winter Kayak Trip 69

Three Bulls Visits Deia Again 70

The Barn 71

On Grosse Ile 73

A Beach Ball Adrift 75

Arithmetic 76

Watching Martins 77

Chiasmus 80

A 4th With Friends on My Porch 81

Three Bulls at the Four C's 82

A New Year 83

Steps 84

Abuse 85

Last Things 86

On the Last Day of My Life 87

The Cemetery at Lepanto 88

The Plan 89

Three Bulls Views the Portrait of Columbus 90

A New Civil War 92

Leave What You Like 94

There's Firewood for Sale by the Highway 95

About the Authors 97

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