Smiling Eyes

This is the opening poem in my collection The Gunslinger in Technicolor and also the first poem I ever published. In 1983 it appeared in Pine Knots, the literary magazine of Northern Arizona University. Smiling eyesChina eyes    the child reveals       his lineage    across seas       in laughter.Wearing a blanket,a beard,and bathless monthsa saintly, simple bum wanders    panning the changeless                              streetswriting on the …

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