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National Poetry Month: Reflection

David Acevedo, one of the Buffalo poets, presents another one of his poems for National Poetry Month.

By David Acevedo

We rise from
the earth’s shadow
shining amid
morning dew,
dawn is an
explosion of rainbows.
The bright shadows
float across space,
the mountains are buffalo,
the horizon is a golden, brown, blond mane.

Know thy self
was never more urgent.
We all wake
for church unaware.
The earth rises
underneath my shoes.
Life erupts before my eyes
invisible as the view
to my own face.

In a field of mist
I am found
in the water that
is so heavy
it falls one drop
at a time.

Born out of the seedy underbelly of the poetry scene at the turn of the millennium – The Buffalo Poets, known buffallo1.jpgfor their unique energy and wit, began hosting open readings as a direct reaction to Slam Poetics and cookie cutter style poets found in New York City.Hailing originally from New York City, the Buffalo are composed of four core members: Roger Kenny aka King Otho, Aaron Arnout, Noah Levin and David Acevedo. The Buffalo have many artists throughout America including, James Honzik, Michael Franklin, Kevin Callahan and the infamous activist Rafael Bueno.

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