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Pours Out Of Me, A Gun Violence poem

A poem published in Variant Literature in the Fall of 2019

In the fall of last year, 2019, I was fortunate to be one of the writers included in the first issue of Variant Literature. This small literary review is moving towards its fourth issue now.

I had been working through my emotions dealing with the string of mass shootings occurring that year. In 2018 and 2019, it never felt like there wasn’t a shooting, a mass murder. There were protests and memorials and groups formed to take action to end gun violence.

Yet, guns still are inviolate.

I discovered my poetry of last year and into this year were constantly wrestling with the immorality of guns–owning them, allowing them to exist. So this became a gun violence poem, one of several. The poem ‘Pours Out of Me‘ takes its title from a song by the band Magazine, The Light Pours Out of Me.

The title also, I hope, suggests blood loss and wounding. It’s a short poem (only twenty lines) that I crafted to move narrowly and quickly. As you can see in the first sentence which I broke down into six lines:

If only you

held guns

with the same

contempt

you hold

straws.

You can read the entire piece online now over at Variant Literature. Also, you can download for free PDFs of past issues, but I would encourage you to buy the print copies to help the journal out.

By Daniel Casey

Daniel Casey earned an MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. His debut poetry collection, It's Not About You, is forthcoming from Atmosphere Press. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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