Poetry/ a poem by Ken Holland

Imagine your brain
As you’re reading these words
Its flashing landscape
Brilliant rolling fires

Comprehension an invasion
Its shock and awe

Neurons rising, dying back
Into the trenches of your mind

Buried by the havoc of your heart.

Ken Holland is an award-winning poet whose work has been widely published in such journals as Rattle, Southwest Review, The Cortland Review and Poetry East.  Most recently in The Carolina Quarterly, Wisconsin Review, and Stillwater Review, with poetry forthcoming in The Chariton ReviewThe American Journal of Poetry, and Confrontation.  A Pushcart nominee, he placed first in the 2019 Stephen DiBiase competition, and third in the 2020 Naugatuck River Review contest.  His poems have also been featured in a number of anthologies.  He resides in Fishkill, New York, and reads throughout the Hudson Valley or wherever Zoom will take him.  

Ken Holland

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