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Fruits of Adam

It was when a November chill nipped
The ponderosa lemons in bud
Fooled by the late warmth of a lingering Fall
That the wheels rolled his form
Prostrate and convulsing into the black van
With the red lights

Winter always seems to threaten here
But never really arrives
It licks the windshield with dissipating frost
Dissolving into a smear of road grime and dust
That’s Rio Grande weather
Dirt and rain
And unfulfilled hope

Red lights pelt the peeling row houses along the street,
People always look when the black car rolls down Adams Street;
Veiled dowagers dripping black rosaries
Finger their shiny beads while crossing themselves,
Futile invocations to a missing god–
Or maybe just prayers to ward off the devil’s eye;
The sound bleeds on through the declining day

The mulberry tree on the curb once bore red and blue,
Sour and bitter,
And dripped on parked cars;
its leaves leaned into the street.
The city cut it down not long after the red lights
Fearing this over indulgence of life
Would inconveniently fall onto the road
Disturbing strangers as they drove away
From the neighborhood.

Once the black car rolls
It harvests no fruit ,
Only the bitter juice of loss
Lingers on the lips.
Do the old ladies with their hollow prayers know
A father rides on that dark horse?
Was he low hanging fruit
Trimmed before he could do more damage?
Did his over indulgence inconvenience the world?
Did his imperfections warrant his early trimming?

The trees, long owned by strangers, are now stumps,
Their hollows filled with wild grass and thistles

David E. Cowen
Copyright 2013
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David E. Cowen

David E. Cowen is a native of Brownsville, Texas who now lives in Houston. Besides being a trial attorney by trade David is a published poet and author of a volume of poetry entitled Sixth and Adams (2001). His poems have been published in various hard copy and online journals for the past many years including those published by George Mason University, Stephen F. Austin University, Sam Houston State University and many privately published journals as well. His poetry was featured in the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Radio radio journal "Outfront" in a 2005 tribute on 9/11. This April, Thisibelieve.org published an essay of his in its collection "On Motherhood" currently available in bookstores. Also, three short scholarly articles on the subject of zombie films written by David will appear in June Pulliam's "The Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth" to be published later this year by ABC CLIO publishing. Earlier this year CineAction Magazine, Canada’s leading film journal, published my essay review of Danel Olson’s The Exorcist: Studies in the Horror Film published earlier this year, also by Centipede Press. PS Press will be including a short story by Cowen, “The Goth Thing”, in its 5th Volume of its acclaimed Exotic Gothic series scheduled to be published in 2013. David E. Cowen is the Vice President of the Gulf Coast Poetry Association as well as a member of the World Fantasy Conference, Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association.His most recent poetry publications include poems placed in “Dark Portal” (UH Downtown) and Harbinger Asylum.UPDATED:Thisibelieve.org published an essay of David’s in its 2012 collection "On Motherhood" currently available in bookstores. In 2012 CineAction Magazine, Canada’s leading film journal, published David’s essay review of Danel Olson’s The Exorcist: Studies in the Horror Film (2012 Centipede Press). Three short scholarly articles on the subject of zombie films written by David will appear in June Pulliam's The Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth to be published in June of 2014 by Greenwood publishing. David has a number of fiction and analytical projects in the works. His short story, “Goth Thing,” adapted from his unpublished novel “The Goth Sabbatical”, has just appeared in the Exotic Gothic 5, Volume 1 published by PS Publishing. The Exotic Gothic series, edited by Danel Olson, has been the past recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Conference Award. David is an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, a member and attendee of the World Fantasy Conference, the Austin International Poetry Festival, the Houston Poetry Festival as well as a lifetime member of the Gulf Coast Poetry Society. His novelette about civil rights in a zombie apocalypse entitled “the zombie appeal” will be published in Breaking Fate Publications Anthology The Dead Walking set to appear in January of 2014.“Goth Thing, Exotic Gothic 5 (P.S. Publishing, UK; Olson ed. 2013) can be found at www.pspublishing.co.uk. “Hope Dished Out in Plenty,” This I Believe On Motherhood (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint; Geidman, ed., 2012) can be found at www.amazon.comReview, The Exorcist STUDIES IN THE HORROR FILM, Cineaction Magazine ((Cineaction 86 2012) can be found at: http://cineaction.ca“The Cycle,” Peripheral Distortions(King, ed., Death Throes Publishing, 2014) available at www.amazon.ca/UPCOMING: Pulliam and Fonseca, ed., Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth (Greenwood May 31, 2014) (contributed three articles on Asian Zombie Films, Night of the Comet and Bruce Williams) can be found at www.amazon.com“the zombie appeal,” The Dead Walking (Anthology) (Breaking Fate Press March 2014) (novelette)

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2 Responses to Fruits of Adam

  1. avatar Eugene "Gene" Novogrodsky says:

    …he does it repeatedly, strong strong images …. …and a sense of Deep South Texas ….Come down. Do a reading. Meet with some of the local writers, coffee, food, talk, words, exchanges …. paz pan salud

  2. avatar David E. Cowen says:

    Next time I come down to visit family, I’ll see if anything is going on and try to join the group.

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