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Rumsfelds Sandbox

Allen Taylor

Published December 12th 2013
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Kindle Edition
98 pages
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Allen Taylor spent 2005 in Iraq. During that time he started writing poetry and continued to produce poems based on his experience for three years after returning home. He compiled the poems into a book, making them available for the Kindle.TheseMoreAllen Taylor spent 2005 in Iraq. During that time he started writing poetry and continued to produce poems based on his experience for three years after returning home. He compiled the poems into a book, making them available for the Kindle.These poems are reflective, political, erotic, emotional, and full of originality. The poets versatility in language and structure are reminiscent of the Romantics, the Beats, and individual poets within the Modernist and Surrealist traditions. Youll find traditional verse forms such as the sonnet and ghazal in this collection as well as free verse poems. Individual poems borrow from many poetic traditions, including concrete poetry, avant-garde, rhyme and meter, narrative structures, postmodern lyricism, and many more.Allen Taylor notes among his influences such poets as Edgar Allan Poe, T.S. Eliot, Carl Sandburg, Yusef Komunyakaa, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Charles Baudelaire, and Rainer Maria Rilke.Poems from Rumsfelds Sandbox have been published online and in print at The New Verse News, Small Brushes, Breadcrumb Sins, The Hanover Evening Sun, Artella Words And Art, My Favorite Bullet, and Sein und Werden. The poet has also read his poems in public at various readings around South Central Pennsylvania and on Belinda Subramans Gypsy Art Show podcast.The following poem appears Rumsfelds Sandbox and was originally published online at The New Verse News:CigarDrawn out deep,like the upward concernsof an intern. Captains delightin late night fatties, blue skiesdressed in vanilla, and star-crossed lips ladled with love stains.Free soil built this land. Deathmay dance in the sunbut Im taxed. Hand me a billof sale, this whore has the wholedamned country by the balls.The king may know his legacy,but where does he hang his clothes?The Right Wing spinsa new face while the Partyreminisces and the worldis made safe. Fordemocracyis a costly business,liberty a puff of smokein a courtroom.Battlefield worms like usseek security in slow-poppin cherriesand close calls,rockets red glaring past our bedtimes.Im fed the hell up with Hillians casting lots,forgetting to shed lighton this years stale,burned-outtwo-party topic.With the purchase of Rumsfelds Sandbox youll also gain access to http://rumsfeldssandbox.com, where you can hear the poet read in his own voice, watch video presentations of the poems and download PDFs of individual poems.Rumsfelds Sandbox is more than a collection of poems about war. In fact, the poet does not consider these war poems. Rather, they are lyrical and narrative reflections on a political theme about unjust war and its toll on the human spirit. They are evocative, simple and run the gamut of human experience - from love to death, from politics to history and from sex to sadness.These 48 poems will test and challenge your nerve.Cover art by David Anderson