The News from M—

Lytton Smith
Here, where you all are,
language is an accessory

to bodies lying in the street,
prone in government rooms,

bloated in the waterways.
Or language is an accessory

to the refutation of bodies
lying etc. This too will pass

as search vessels in the delta
pass for smuggling operations

bringing illicit food to refugees
being autocued for media 

appearances. What commerce
would you with us all. What 

coverage can you offer for 
coastal breach, aid refusal,

for the taut sinews and caught 
breath of seated uprisen monks.

Copyright © 2011 by Lytton Smith. Used with permission of the author.

Copyright © 2011 by Lytton Smith. Used with permission of the author.

Lytton Smith

by this poet

poem

It was in the absence of light
as when near new moon and
no moonlight; as when a part

of a picture is in shadow (as
opposed to a light); as when
in the condition of being

hidden from view, obscure,
or unknown—in concealment,
or else without knowledge

as