Day 17 of Tupelo Press 30/30 Project: “Lament for San Francisco” #poetry

Luanne Castle thanks me and writes a history-based poem. This is Day 17 or her Tupelo Press 30/30 project. Check it out–and all the rest of her wonderful poems.

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DAY 17

I want to thank Merril D. Smith, the blogger and historian at Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings for her support of the 30/30 Project. She didn’t request anything specific, but when I read a post on another historical blog I thought of Merril and her professional interests.

LAMENT FOR SAN FRANCISCO

1871

Past the Chinese mothers

leading babies in padded coats,

the men with pigtails

swinging below hat brims,

the peddler with his fringe

and clankety packs,

sludge underfoot,

the smells of the oil

and horsesweat, the piss

and foul entrails and upwards

the cables and grease, smoke-

stained dormers and turrets

and cornices, the gorgons

on the mansions, and then

Read the rest of the poem here. Thank you so much for your support of Tupelo Press and my efforts, Merril.

The idea for the poem first came from reading Adrienne Morris’ post about innocence…

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