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George Keithley

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George Keithley is the author of many books, including Night’s Body (WordTech Communications, 2011), The Starry Messenger (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003), and Flesh and Dust (Will Hall, 1997). He lives in Chico, California.

by this poet

Behind bejeweled fingers
they grinned, they tittered,
to hear their friend--his cup
filled to spilling--propose
his toast to progress; then 
declare the Pope, "A dupe, 
a dullard, a simpleton.
A worm. A brass-brained dolt. 
A sheep. A braying ass
spooked by its own shadow."

Clearly he feared no man
now. No--not