T.S. Ellis

Poems by Thomas Sayers Ellis

A Kiss In The Dark

All Their Stanzas Look Alike

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  T.S. Ellis

All Their Stanzas Look Alike

All their fences
      All their prisons
All their exercises
      All their agendas
All their stanzas look alike
      All their metaphors
All their bookstores
      All their plantations
All their assassinations
      All their stanzas look alike
All their rejection letters
      All their letters to the editor
All their arts and letters
      All their letters of recommendation
All their stanzas look alike
      All their sexy coverage
All their literary journals
      All their car commercials
All their bribe-spiked blurbs
      All their stanzas look alike
All their favorite writers
      All their writing programs
All their visiting writers
      All their writers-in-residence
All their stanzas look alike
      All their third worlds
All their world series
      All their serial killers
All their killing fields
      All their stanzas look alike
All their state grants
      All their tenure tracks
All their artist colonies
      All their core faculties
All their stanzas look alike
      All their Selected Collecteds
All their Oxford Nortons
      All their Academy Societies
All their Oprah Vendlers
      All their stanzas look alike
All their haloed holocausts
      All their coy hetero couplets
All their hollow haloed causes
      All their tone-deaf tercets
All their stanzas look alike
      All their tables of contents
All their Poet Laureates
      All their Ku Klux classics
All their Supreme Court justices
      Except one, except one
Exceptional one. Exceptional or not,
      One is not enough.
All their stanzas look alike.
      Even this, after publication,
Might look alike. Disproves
      My stereo types.



From THE MAVERICK ROOM (Graywolf Press, 2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 
         
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