The Poet’s New Revolver Speaks

Smith & Wesson, Model 60

by Jeffrey Burghauser (November 2023)

Western Hills
, Graham Sutherland, 1938-41


When old age shall this generation waste,
____Whatever Grecian urn, if it remains
In midst of other woes than those you faced,
____Remains by accident: the pounding rains
That didn’t mar the marble’s skin, the haste
________That didn’t shatter it, the packing twine
________That held. I’ll be there, too—but by design.


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Jeffrey Burghauser is a teacher in Columbus, Ohio. He was educated at SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Leeds. He currently studies the five-string banjo with a focus on pre-WWII picking styles. A former artist-in-residence at the Arad Arts Project (Israel), his poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Appalachian Journal, Fearsome Critters, Iceview, Lehrhaus, and New English Review. Jeffrey’s book-length collections are available on Amazon, and his website is

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