Saturday, April 2, 2016

Crime Poetry "For The Love of Death" by Shirley Brewer

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April is Poetry Month, and to celebrate, every Saturday this month, we will be featuring a poem focused on crime or love of crime fiction from the fabulous crime poetry blog, THE FIVE-TWO, run by Gerald So

Today's poem is called FOR THE LOVE OF DEATH and it was written by Shirley J. Brewer


for P.D. James

When my spirits sink, I lose myself
in murder. A body in the Thames
distracts me from petty jolts:
a dead battery, a case of flu,
my personal map blurred in fog.

I crave an English mystery, a corpse
cropping up in the conservatory.
Adam Dalgliesh, poet-detective,
dissects with ease psyches and clues.
Death seems less grim in his presence.

Before I reach the last page
I’m at loose ends, dreading 
a return to my mundane dating scene.
On impulse, I commit a magic act,
insert myself into Chapter Eight.

Now, my hero questions
me at the murder site. I drown in his gaze,
even though a proper alibi eludes me.
My face turns herring red. Am I
guilty of self-exposure?

He lifts yards of yellow crime scene tape,
beckons me beneath the canopy—
his free hand a sudden heat on my shoulder.
I close my eyes and surrender, saved

from early onset rigor mortis.

SHIRLEY J. BREWER (Baltimore, Maryland) is a poet, educator and workshop facilitator. Her poems appear in Passager, Gargoyle, SpillwayLittle Patuxent Review, The Comstock Review, Naugatuck River Review, and other journals. Shirley’s poetry chapbooks include A Little Breast Music (2008, Passager Books) and After Words (2013, Apprentice House/Loyola University).

You can follow The Five-Two on Twitter @PoemsonCrime The site also sells their anthologies of crime poetry. 

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