The Ecphorizer

I Feel the Dark
Frederick A. Raborg, Jr.

Issue #18 (February 1983)

Night is the one side of the dragon that is real.
I find, redoing dreams like poems, my snake unwinds
amoebalike, my eye-eggs hatch albino landscapes.
In such a world my whole life works.

I feel as if I'm poised upon an alchemy of edges.
I am preoccupied with dark; I feel the dark
in just the way that one might love beloved enemies.
Nighttime gives me room to rest my innards after
daytime's stunning blow to senses.

The night is culture - villages between each spill of light.
Have you ever seen a tree? I've been there, the roots -
anchor to the locomotive breathing of the them and those
who sell their souls to fill my work. Like frogs,
who have such continuity, theme, novels of hop,
journals of jumping for for the slithering shapes.
Dark is my skin, when want is a shadow and silence my scream. 

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Frederick A. Raborg, Jr.

Frederick Raborg, Jr. studied at and graduated from universities in California and he served as battalion sergeant major with the 8th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea and Hawaii. Though he was a teacher by formal education, he devoted his life to acting and writing. He usually had starring roles in all school plays, and he sang with the Joe Brown Radio Kiddie Gang on WRVA in Richmond throughout the Forties. He wrote his first journalism at age 12 for his weekly column, The Bowers Hill News, in The Portsmouth Star. In 1983, he and his wife started several literary magazines, including AMELIA, which has been recognized as one of the top literary publications in the nation and always has been listed as one of the best fiction markets. [The preceding is an edited version of his self-written obituary, which can be found at http://members.tripod.com/~Startag/RaborgIntro.html. -Tod]




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Frederick A. Raborg, Jr.

Frederick Raborg, Jr. studied at and graduated from universities in California and he served as battalion sergeant major with the 8th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea and Hawaii. Though he was a teacher by formal education, he devoted his life to acting and writing. He usually had starring roles in all school plays, and he sang with the Joe Brown Radio Kiddie Gang on WRVA in Richmond throughout the Forties. He wrote his first journalism at age 12 for his weekly column, The Bowers Hill News, in The Portsmouth Star. In 1983, he and his wife started several literary magazines, including AMELIA, which has been recognized as one of the top literary publications in the nation and always has been listed as one of the best fiction markets. [The preceding is an edited version of his self-written obituary, which can be found at http://members.tripod.com/~Startag/RaborgIntro.html. -Tod]




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