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On the cusp of winter...

David Poston of Gastonia is out with a new collection of poetry, “Slow of Study” (Main Street Rag, $14), which Charlotte poet David Radavich calls “a jaunty collection with a go-for-broke approach that eschews fear and half-measures.” Poston taught for 30 years in various public schools, at UNC-Charlotte and at Charlotte’s Young Writers’ Workshop. One of his previous collections, “Postmodern Bourgeois Poetaster Blues,” was the winner of the Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Competition. The arresting cover of this new collection is a 1964 photograph by Patty Poston of a classroom at Carthage Elmentary School.

Here’s a poem from “Slow of Study.”

GHOSTS, ASHES, FLY AWAY

What happened today?

Dawn’s pink spill was blotted

across the sky

by a vast black crowd

of starlings

funneling

relentlessly

into the horizon.

On the cusp of winter,

the distant scent of spring.

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