"They make the back of my arms cold and my feet numb and then my head feel like a planet." - John Kennick
I wrote over 100 pages of poems during September 2016, poem after poem, day by day, an amazing, exhausting journey. One of those collections (Harvest Moon) is also available here. The other (Li Po-ems) will be soon. On the morning of September 24, I woke up after a fitful sleep with the first two poems in this series fully composed in my head, waiting there in the dark, thus the title. I have no idea how they got there like that. I just went downstairs and typed them up. The rest of the series came to me just like that, out of the dark, though mostly while I was awake, inviting me to type them up. As I thought about this later, I could see it was the classic "descent into the underworld" that is conventional to epic poems, even its duration, three days, standard for a trip down to the dark. I love dark poems, both reading and writing them. I hope you will find something to love here, too.
Paul Kameen is the author of Writing/Teaching and Re-reading Poets (scholarly books); This Fall (personal essays); several collections of poems (Harvest Moon, In the Dark, and Li Po-ems) and numerous essays.