Shadow Boxing, by Richard Stevenson

First published in Bumbershoot.

It’s hard to fight
a ghost I suppose
when there’s nothing to bite
and nothing’s upright,
or offers a nose
It’s hard to fight,
to step on its toes
It’s hard to fight
or even oppose,
to squeeze it tight
It’s hard to fight,
to rain any blows
It’s hard to fight
a ghost I suppose.

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I have recently retired from a thirty-year gig teaching English and Creative Writing courses for Lethbridge College and I’ve published thirty books, counting a long poem sequence  about a very human monster, the Canadian serial killer Clifford Olson, Rock, Scissors, Paper, which will be out in the fall.  My recent works are collections of haikai poetry (haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, zappai and haikai sequences: Fruit Wedge Moon (Hidden Brook Press, 2015) and The Heiligen Effect (Ekstasis Editions, 2015).

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Posted on December 21, 2016, in Issue 19: Speculative Poetry and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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