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poetry Withdrawal Symptoms

“I’ve been appalled but not surprised,” writes poet Dave Bonta, criticizing “the slanted coverage of the U.S. and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan” by media war hawks.

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Withdrawal Symptoms

By Dave Bonta

imperial sunset

my shadow

waving back

one by one the stars

of generals

 

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on the evening news

telling us

it's morning

giving air support

to ghost soldiers

what better hell

have we bombed

into existence

moon cradling that darkness

called earthshine

Dave Bonta (https://davebonta.com) is the author most recently of Failed State: Haibun (Via

Negativa Books, 2021) and Ice Mountain: An Elegy (Phoenicia Publishing, 2017). He is 39 and a half years into a daily erasure poetry project based on the Diary of Samuel Pepys.