Thursday, August 3, 2017

"the smoke of the country went up" by Iain Haley Pollock

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August 3, 2017

the smoke of the country went up

Iain Haley Pollock

About This Poem


"This poem attempts to puzzle out some of the following questions: In our secular age, from where does the right of total judgment derive? What are the potential personal consequences and ethical implications when my nation's military kills in the name of my safety? Personally and nationally, should we be warier of internal or external threats? What if I embrace strangers rather than desolate them outright?"
—Iain Haley Pollock


Iain Haley Pollock is the author of Spit Back a Boy (University Georgia Press, 2011). He teaches at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York, and runs a poetry workshop at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College.


Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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Spit Back a Boy

(University Georgia Press, 2011)

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