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Steve De France, MFA, has traveled widely in the United States. On more than one occasion he hitch-hiked across America. He rode rails on freight trains, worked as a laborer with pick-up gangs in Arizona, dug swimming pools in Texas, did 33 days in the Pecos city jail as a vagrant, fought bulls in Mexico, and dove for salvage off a small island on the coast of Mazatlan. His poetry has been published in most of the English speaking countries of the world. Recently his work can be seen in The Evergreen Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Sun, Rattle, Why Vandalism, as well as others. In England he won a Reader's Award in Orbis Magazine for his poem "Hawks." In the United States he won the Josh Samuels' Annual Poetry Competition (2003) for his poem, "The Man Who Loved Mermaids." And recently De France was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. He continues to write poetry, plays, essays & short stories.
COUNSELOR FOR THE MOON
The moon is feeling much maligned. I represent my client the moon.
A word or two before I go——The moon, citing general principles
published in The Interpreter's House, (Oxford, England)
The village clock strikes eight chimes.
The imperial bank doors swing open.
I walk briskly to my work chamber
published in Current Accounts (Bolton, UK)
© 2011 Steve DeFrance
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