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Poetry by Joshua Hamilton

May 24, 2018

Rafts of lumber stacked

and color-coded

by layer, thickness, particle —

to the raftered ceiling:

box of parts, box of dreams,

scissor-lifted heavens made of metal.

Take our blue-print prayers and also lift them

from our bodies and our minds,

ecstatic

in their purity of sketch,

lifted to the blue and red

plumbing tube,

the rainbow-coded electrics,

alabaster columns,

and marble appointments.

Give us this space of liberating light,

divine reflection of form

guarding the ideal,

our life within life’s sanctity,

our bathroom sanctuary.

Kentucky native Joshua Hamilton teaches Spanish at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. He has published the chapbook, “Slow Wind,” with Finishing Line Press, and poems from Driftwood Press and Windward Review.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we invited submissions of poems about objects, things in our everyday lives. For more information, visit npmsa.com.

Jim LaVilla-Havelin is the Express-News poetry editor. “West,” his fifth collection of poems, was published in 2017 by Wings Press. Send poems to Poetry, Express-News Book Editor, P.O. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171 (40-line limit).