Song

by David Starkey Issue: Fall 2018
When turtledoves gulp gasoline,
and Buddhist monks snort Benzedrine,
when billionaires die intestate,
and right-wing cranks become Deep State,
when Amazon stops tracking orders,
and Donald Trump cares naught for borders,
      only then will I be able
      to recall these dread years as fable.


David Starkey

David Starkey has published seven full-length collections of poetry, most recently It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove, 2011), Circus Maximus (Biblioasis, 2013) and Like a Soprano (Serving House, 2014). In addition, over the past thirty years he has published more than 500 poems in literary journals such as American Scholar, Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Georgia Review, Poet Lore, Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Southern Poetry Review. His textbook, Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017), is in its third edition.