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Lawrence Joseph

Lawrence Joseph’s latest collection is Codes, Precepts, Biases and Taboos: Poems 1973-93. He teaches law at St John’s University in New York.

Poem: ‘Visions of Labour’

Lawrence Joseph, 17 June 2015

I will have writings written all over it    in human words: wrote Blake. A running form, Pound’s Blake: shouting, whirling    his arms, his eyes rolling, whirling like flaming cartwheels. Put it this way, in this language:    a blow in the small of the back from a rifle butt, the crack of a blackjack on a skull, face    beaten...

Poem: ‘Here in a State of Tectonic Tension’

Lawrence Joseph, 22 November 2012

Its geography similar to Istanbul’s – read for Lake Huron, the Black Sea, for the St Clair River, the Bosporus, for Lake St Clair, the Sea of Marmara, for the Detroit River, the Dardanelles, and for Lake Erie, the Mediterranean – a natural place for Ford and Olds to open factories, strategically tangential to the Pittsburgh steel mills, Akron rubber plants, the Mesabi iron...

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