The Name for the God Who Speaks: Poems

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Texas Review Press, 2019 - Poetry - 48 pages
The poems in The Name for the God Who Speaks reference Caribbean deities, the power of weather and landscape and ancient myths to illuminate an annus horribilis of cancer and loss. In the last poems, youth and music redeem the experience.

This is the Name for the God who Speaks

Father, you would know these primal prayers,
light flashing in the west behind live oaks,
a sky-slashed language dead after Conquest.
From that living world, we share only lightning,
an old god speaking light out of darkness,
a chant of rain as alphabet where
water flowing
is a word.

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About the author (2019)

GREGORY BYRD is a native Floridian who grew up just south of Key Largo on Plantation Key. He has lived in Pinellas County since 1983 when he began studies in literature and creative writing at Eckerd College under the instruction of Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke and novelist Sterling Watson. Greg earned a Master's degree in Creative Writing at Florida State University and a Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has taught writing, literature, and humanities at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater since 1990.

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