Togetherness and Erring: A Cycle of Poems

by Christopher DeGroot (February 2018)

Swanage, Paul Nash, 1936



Herald of desert,
you levy a deeper muting;


       still home,
       I think on togetherness.

And remember him who uttered
       regarding a crime,
and I see now more than ever

        crushing the arch
        shearing the cloth
        engulfing the spring:
        this is our togetherness.

Come Other or Do Not Speak


Once a hay mind
now a constable
for a race,
for horses
who dart
but do not trust.

Hush. Hush. Hush. Hush.
Come other or do not speak.

Your Field


Your field has bone around it,
and you can only harvest a price.
I want no money, said the lyrebird,
the fragment of a gavel in piercing night.

Only When


If we mean

     how we live

we are ready then

          to [ ]





              Brother it is

               only when

            every moment

              oozes crime

          our blood washes

                  any sky—



Not this, not this
sets a gallows
against the Flown.
Find different conductors
for gauzy foundries,
but bone, bone.


Christopher DeGroot—essayist, poet, aphorist, and satirist—is a writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His writing appears regularly in New English Review, where he is a contributing editor, and occasionally in The Iconoclast, its daily blog. He is a columnist at Taki’s Magazine and his work has appeared in The Imaginative Conservative, The Daily Caller, American Thinker, The Unz Review, Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts, and elsewhere. You can follow him at @CEGrotius.


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