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John Maxwell O’Brien – Poems Ha’penny Each

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John Maxwell O’Brien is an emeritus professor of history (Queens College, CUNY) who has written scores of articles on the ancient and medieval worlds. His best-selling scholarly biography, Alexander the Great: The Invisible Enemy (Routledge), has been translated into Greek and Italian, and is currently being translated into Arabic. His celebrated novel, Aloysius the Great (Propertius Press), features a history professor who is writing a biography of the Macedonian conqueror. Professor O’Brien and his daughter Christine O’Brien are currently collaborating on an illustrated lyrical biography of Alexander the Great.


Harbingers of Spring

The green fuse…pulsates
A red-winged blackbird flutters
Patient…spring…awaits

 

Identity

Probing…to…find..me
Masks…until…I…found…myself
Now…I’m whole…and…free

 

Writing

Loosen…let words flow
Like crimson leaves …when autumn
Winds…do…howl…and,,,blow

 

Books

Scribble…you…and…me
Desperate thrusts…we…make…at
Immortality

 

Shadows Numberless

We come…and…go
Vestiges at first…then…just
One…in…a…long…row

Photograph by Alex Kearney

Photograph by Alex Kearney, Montana, USA.

 


© John Maxwell O’Brien