Sean Howard

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BIO

Sean Howard is the author of Local Calls (Cape Breton University Press, 2009) and Incitements (Gaspereau Press, 2011). His poetry has been widely published in Canada, the UK, the US, and elsewhere, and featured in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books, 2011 & 2014). Sean is adjunct professor of political science at Cape Breton University, researching nuclear disarmament and the political history of 20th century physics.
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endpaper epigrams (graffiti from a cultural nervous breakdown)

the train-
set mind

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the down-to-
earth sky

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the church
of latter-
day feints

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the con
cave phil-
osopher

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since the movies
made love…

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midas?
gold
dust
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Day Job (Captured Poem)

from Collier’s Photographic History of the European War, 1915

This grim picture
___ shows the summary
________ execution of a

German spy caught
_____by the Belgians at
__________Termonde. It’s

hardly light. The spy
_____is placed against
_________one of the ruined

walls of that devastated
____town. He is blind
folded to

prevent his seeing
____the leveled guns
_________of the firing

squad.
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sketches, main-à-dieu beach

rough
draw-
ing,
ch-
alk
on
san-
d

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_____rock-
weed, brush-
_____stro-

kes

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cross-

_____hat-

___________ch, turn-
________________ed pa-

____________________ge
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