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Gospel Night

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Gospel Night

By: Michael Waters

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  In a poetry world filled with structurally-experimental and opaque writing, Michael Waters’s voice is increasingly unique. He writes in a straight-forward, lyrically beautiful style while delving into risqué subject matter, particularly regarding sex. In Gospel Night, his 10th poetry collection, Waters tackles the dual (and dueling) natures of our humanity: sin and transgression; isolation and atrocity; love and darkness; and the desire for a language that can illuminate such ordinary yet disturbing spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 The Bells

 

 

                   Sanctuary Basilica

 

 

                   Malta

 

 

  

 

 

Pale novitiates flocked the bell tower

 

 

To shadow my wife one rooftop below.

 

 

Oiled, asleep, she remained unaware

 

 

Of cassock-clad boys pivoting the ledge

 

 

Until the priest appeared to knell their shame

 

 

The precise moment—punctual sinner—

 

 

I bumped open the rooftop door, bearing

 

 

In each fist a flute, orange fizz daubing

 

 

The blistered tar, the riotous mimosas

 

 

Two more slender flames expanding the near

 

 

Suburbs of hell where she sprawled, naked, stunned

 

 

Speechless on gaudy towels, below breathless

 

 

Boys, riding the pitch, not so far from God.