The House of Violence

This poetic narrative was conceived in an unbearably hot apartment where I lived on noodles bought with my saved-up wad. I'd escape in daytime to the hospital canteen, from which I could write & gaze over the university, surrounding cottonwoods & roofs, & the low hills beyond the river. Six years later, when I finished, I thought I might die, as I had finished what I was on earth to do.

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About Finley MacDonald

Finley J. MacDonald, in this all-to-human manifestation of his oversoul, was born in the northern reaches of Turtle Island, and among its spirits cried for visions and succour. At a tender age, he was accepted as apprentice by the Butcher Poets , to whom he owes a great debt, deaf as they remain to his appeals. He believes design follows intent. He is antiwar, contemptuous of the Cruise Missile Left, and in his cups, demands that everyone read Open Veins of Latin America.


Madonna with Leaves
A short animation with the poems Madonna with Leaves, the first poem in the book.

In the desolation that follows her last breath, Crooked wands blush and spread, pink as a cold cheek, Forked tongues sampling-- Curiously, Not without sympathy-- A lull, like the stalemate after an argument, An ache, barren as the final, Apologetic brush of fingertips.

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