Poetry Submission by Joseph James Cawein

joseph james cawein is a frequent submitter to The Continuist, and we’ve come to love his short yet vivid pieces. The reader is provided with snapshots: the headstone is material, while anxiety is more conceptual. Though the poems seem to display an Imagist influence, the poem is also aware of itself being made up of words. The headstone is a symbol, and the spider bits signify. The material and conceptual blur together, and the reader is left with the construct of the poem itself. The brackets and italicization showcase this isolation between reality and the written word as well.


[a headstone]

a headstone is a symbol
            for the mighty phallus
of an uncaring god
            blithering
and decaying
            in the afternoon sun


[anxiety]

anxiety:
            the plurality of spider bits
in the bathtub
signifies
            the end

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