A Hyperrealistic Poem

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This is an example of hyperrealistic poetry. This is an excerpt from Ren Powell’s Red-eared Slider.

A child unconscious                                                An child consciously
under cold water                                                     held under cold water 
experiences laryngospasm,                                     reaches the breaking point
asphyxiates,                                                             after eighty-seven seconds,
but the heart                                                            inhales
keeps                                                                        involuntarily,
beating                                                                     but the heart keeps beating.
five                                                                           Ashes falling on water
full                                                                           float
minutes—                                                                like rotting wood,
every instant bobbing in and out of view.

Read the whole poem here.


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