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They Say Dancing

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STARKEY FLYTHE, JR.

Starkey Flythe, Jr., lives in North Augusta, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, served with the U.S. Army in East Africa, and has taught school in South Carolina and Georgia.

He was re-founding editor of The Saturday Evening Post in the 1980s, and he won the University of Iowa Press award in 1989 for a collection of short stories, Lent: The Slow Fast. His book of poems Paying the Anesthesiologist was published by Ninety-Six Press in 1995.


Pieces of eight

The goldfinches are in the sunflowers,
excess feeding excess, won’t wait
for the seeds to dry, eat them alive.
The sun, yellow, obese, falls behind the hay
ricks where sulphur and honey meet, dry, sweet.
August. Month of indulgence. Fire
flies into you, winged carelessness, haze
the color that goes with, burns off gold, the last
of summer, stubble, chaff, lightning,
the end we run from across the field,
gold, everything gold, air, earth, flower, bird,
the voice clear but low, pleading, Wait.

—Copyright 2000 Starkey Flythe, Jr.

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