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Scrabbling For Repose and Other Poems

Split Reed Press
ISBN: 0-9691112-1-5


This is John Terpstraís first collection of poems.

From the title poem:

The board game stands propped
                                                        perpetual
on the bed table. Seven letters
each, we drop words
                                    without sentence.
They lie in our silence like cyphered conversation
like clues to character and chance, like trachs
through which you cannot talk, meals
through a straw, like staring out the window
around the room, like victory
                                                    like victory
for you.
               Iíve yet to win a single match
against this monumental calculating patience.