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Scything

5.0 of 5 stars 5.00  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  3 reviews
As the only species aware of its mortality, people have always had a morbid preoccupation with death. Our agrarian forefathers anthropomorphized their fear into the Grim Reaper, whose swipe symbolized the unexpected moment of life's end. Few of us own a scythe or know how to use one, but that swish still represents the surprise of hearing about someone's death and makes us ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Futurecycle Press
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Jen
Aug 24, 2014 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
This is a fantastic chapbook of dark humor composed of 23 poems personifying death, the first being "As to whether Death sorts his socks" and the last being "Death operates a drawbridge."

This chap is full of delightful, nuanced phrases and many of the poems start with the trivial and wind up with a punch that left me thinking, "Wow, yeah, death is like that"--and chuckling. I had several passages highlighted to possibly quote but have decided to provide my favorite (on first reading--I could see
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Diane Kistner
From the Chapbook



DEATH GOES TO THE BARBERSHOP

lured by a twirling pole of blood and candy
and macho camaraderie, Bernie’s gossip,
the chance to scuffle hair on a tile floor.

He abhors being hirsute, no sideburns
grace his cheeks, and a beard is too barbaric—
he needs to be sleek, not fluffy,
as he sidewinds our shaggy world.

And he loves how the white cape puffs
then drapes his bony shoulders,
the snicker-snack of scissors circumventing
his skull, how clippers sing,
the moan of witch hazel.

And these things
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