Kegedonce Press

Poetry From 'Beautiful Razor,' by Al Hunter, for National Poetry Month

Al Hunter
4/7/13

[Editor’s Note: Al Hunter is the author of Beautiful Razor: Love Songs and Other Lies, and two other books of poetry. Based in Ontario, Canada, he is Anishinaabe—a former chief, in fact, of Rainy River First Nation—and is a member of the Anishinaabe Nation under Treaty No. 3. Here is some poetry his latest book, in honor of National Poetry Month.]

Someday I won’t remember you

Someday
I won’t know
Who you are
I will not
Remember you
You’ll miss me then
When my memory
Is gone
  
 
Beautiful Razor

It is useless to shield my jugular

I offer up my throat
A forgone conclusion

I offer my silent thanks
To the sharpening strap

The object of our mutual affection

The razor and mine

 

Goodbye to This Hurt Town

Goodbye to this Hurt Town
My heart isn’t rent to own
Pain is in the squeaky floors
It’s peeling off the walls
It’s wailing through the open doors
I won’t be taking your calls

“I’m done,” read
Her message in a bottle
Go on then, darling, go on
I’m saying goodbye to this Hurt Town

Goodbye to this Hurt Town
My heart isn’t rent to own
Pain is in the squeaky floors
It’s peeling off the walls
It’s wailing through the open doors
I won’t be taking your calls

“I love you. I hate you,” said,
The whiskey and the rum
Which is it, my love?
Hate straight up
Or love on the rocks?

Goodbye to this Hurt Town
My heart isn’t rent to own
Pain is in the squeaky floors
It’s peeling off the walls
It’s wailing through the open doors
I won’t be taking your calls

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darlene hunter
Submitted by darlene hunter on
Hello al,this is your sister-in-law I'm married to your brother Ivan hunter we was wondering if we can get a sined book i love poetry i also write poems also Ivan would love to hear from you sincerely Ivan&darlene. hunter.

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Lee Maracle
Submitted by Lee Maracle on
I want this book. My heart has been broken so many times, it more closely resembles a bar bowl of peanuts. This looks like I could laugh again. I am going to order it on line tomorrow. Way to go Al!
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