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All I Ever Wanted





All I Ever Wanted





every follicle  aperture

knowing itself   pore of light

blank creation   stark   ready

for a color   a color  chosen

alpha-omega   shout surreal



unintentional   betrayal

harsh word  admonition

competing toxins   acquaint

devour   final   morsel

of themselves   each focus



without charm   harm crawls

abnormally   creeps

into   docile   portals

matters   calibrate

constrict    glorious canvas


Sam Barbee



Sam Barbee’s poems have appeared Poetry South, The NC Literary Review, Crucible, Asheville Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina.   His second poetry collection, That Rain We Needed (2016, Press 53), was a nominee for the Roanoke-Chowan Award as one of North Carolina’s best poetry collections of 2016. 




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