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Brendan Constantine

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Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine is the author of four books of poetry, including Dementia, My Darling (Red Hen Press, 2016) and Calamity Joe (Red Hen Press, 2012). He teaches at the Windward School in Los Angeles, California.

by this poet


On the days when we wept—
and they were many—we did it
over the sound of a television
or radio, or the many engines
of the sky. It was rarely so quiet
we could hear just our sadness,
the smallness of it
that is merely the sound of wind
and water between the many pages

A rose by any other name   could be Miguel   or Tiffany   Could be
David or Vashti   Why not Aya   which means beautiful flower   but
also verse and miracle   and a bird   that flies away quickly   You see
where this is going