Richard O'Connell

Richard O'Connell is author of Shoal of Sharks, copyright 2001.

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THE APOTHEOSIS OF DON JUNE   Promiscuous as moonlight on sand, He pondered heaven by the foaming surf; And staring at its brilliant text he saw He’d never been voluptuous enough.   There ...
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CALIBAN Back to the brain-stem & blinding anvil of water the sun beats Caliban come home fish-spine & palm murmuring merman — This poem appears in the October 20, 2014, print issue of ...
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THE FINAL IKON He felt that he would find it, Find it yet – The clarity he sought With all his breath. And when he had found it? Why did he grieve? And why did he find ...

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THE FINAL IKON He felt that he would find it, Find it yet – The clarity he sought With all his breath. And when he had found it? Why did he grieve? And why did he find ...

To Beta, Cosmically Considered

If relic radiation bathes the spheres Isotropically, as water is to fish, To an observer here or in Andromeda, Time has an arrow sharp as Cupid’s kiss. If all is that primeval fireball Exploding yet ...
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TO BETA, COSMICALLY CONSIDERED If relic radiation bathes the spheres Isotropically, as water is to fish, To an observer here or in Andromeda, Time has an arrow sharp as Cupid’s kiss. If all is that ...
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BOCA RATON In the rat’s mouth of wealth one learns to accept opulence as a perk of life dazed by the depth and breadth of it spread on the hyaline sea sparkle & sky cluttered with yachts cutting cream swaths in a ...

Boca Raton

In the rat’s mouth of wealth one learns to accept opulence as a perk of life dazed by the depth and breadth of it spread on the hyaline sea sparkle & sky cluttered with yachts cutting cream swaths in a diamond ...
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LEAR IN FLORIDA Lear had no grandchildren to aggrandize him, fondle him with kisses, no photos kept in a drawer, to convince him he’s alive: time slices, filial fawning, thin as thought. What denouement but ...