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crouching at the great river

watching school teem so heavily

walking from this bank means


my armies must do more than

hold me back my enemy escapes

he slips beyond those dunes

his head in my hands would avenge this

gather all men from our sudan

like gordon he shall behold the white

nile from the prick of a pike


J. E. Robinson is the author of the young adult novel Skip Macalester, of The Day Rider and Other Stories: A Collection, and of How Hair Changes before Expiration: Poems. His plays have appeared in Alaska, in Louisville, Kentucky, in Saint Louis, Missouri, and in New York City off-off-Broadway, most recently with SOLEDAD featured at Theater for the New City. He teaches history at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in Saint Louis.


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