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Happy Birthday Everette Maddox October 9, 2012

Posted by The Typist in books, New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
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Join us tonight in the back patio of the Maple Leaf Bar to read some ‘Rette and celebrate. Until then, courtesy of 13Possums:

LINES ON HIS THIRTIETH BIRTHDAY

On a hill high above
the mild October day
I stand, heroic, hands
clasped behind my back,
as the last musket’s
crack fades
and the smoke drifts away
from the place where the famous
battle of my youth was fought.
Who won? Who lost?
Who knows? My speech,
which I seem to have misplaced,
tells. Oh well:
myself and loves and grey
uniform were not among
the casualties, quite; though
a gold button dangles.
Now we’ll bind the wounds,
free the slaves, and set up
(oh shrewdly!) a national shrine
in the decaying mansion
of my body: post cards,
stuffed possums, and (out back)
whiskey to be sold
such emissaries
from the glacial future
as have coin to spend

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1. Daniel G. Reinhold IV - October 9, 2012

What time will we be meeting at the Maple Leaf tonight?

Also, I’m doing academic and creative research on Everette. I am interested not only in people who knew him but people who were influenced by him. Interested…?

Daniel Reinhold

Mark Folse - October 9, 2012

You will find both here tonight. Good to hook up. I started a Maddox Wikipedia Page I had to abandon the past year but hope to restart this fall.

Official time is 7:30, but I’ll be late. Nancy Harris and others will be there around 7:30.


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