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American Life In Poetry


August 8, 2019

There are so many delightful poems by Faith Shearin that it can be difficult to select just one to show you. This one is from her sixth book, Darwin's Daughter, published in 2017 by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Faith Shearin lives in West Virginia.

Blue Elvis

It was August 1977 when Elvis Presley fell

face down on his Graceland bathroom floor;

by the time paramedics arrived, he was

cold and blue. I knew this because I was with

my grandmother, Belle, who called her sister,

Geraldine, who came over at once so we

could watch the news. My grandmother knew

Elvis liked peanut but...

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