Always die before your mother by Patrick Woodcock

By Patrick Woodcock

Like an embedded journalist, Patrick Woodcock writes his poetry from front strains of expertise. From towns reeling from the trauma of siege conflict to the stifling warmth and politics of the Arabian Peninsula to the darkest corners of the South American rain woodland, Woodcock's poems undergo witness to a global that's both rapid and remote... and much extra advanced than we regularly think. In his new e-book regularly Die sooner than You mom, Woodcock takes us around the world -- recording no matter what he can. Like a photographer utilizing the changeable lenses of snapshot and idiom, he transforms all that he sees right into a searing statement on human mess ups either private and non-private, these of our societies, our politics and our religions, in addition to his personal mess ups as a son.

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We surrendered to this arrogance when we let our graveyards become art without artists.

It took only minutes for the first boy to arrive. And only seconds for him to fall and be pulled into the river. Over half of the village’s young men were used in the building of this bridge. When completed, the son walked across the bodies to find his wife. Hours later he returned to his father’s house with her, sobbing. Their wedding night was spent pushing bodies downstream. The next day, while the new bride was washing her sister-in-law’s gown, the most beautiful woman in the province was taken to the river.

31 THE BURZHUIKA He was sitting with his family. How many years had it taken him to collect all those books? Stories of blades and mushrooms, villages and coastlines. How many years had he spent reading these stories to his children? They all knew them by heart by now, but still liked the sound of their father’s voice and the look on his face while he read. His wife used to say, He smiles like a windowpane being battered by hail, for a windowpane knows loyalty, knows when it has been victorious.

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