Stands alone, Faces, and other poems by Patrick Russell LeBeau

By Patrick Russell LeBeau

Stands on my own, Faces, and different Poems, Patrick LeBeau's first assortment, is a self-reflective paintings on identification, ancestry, and kin relationships voiced in 3 elements. 'Stands Alone,' the 1st voice heard, is the singular 'he'—an entity misplaced in a sea of loneliness, loneliness that freezes development and stagnates creativity. It locations the self in a dizzy truth of feelings and knee-jerk reactions, bring to an end from the neighborhood. 'He' wanders, looking connections to land and group, yet frequently discovering confusion and melancholy and, sometimes, readability and humor. on my own, he fends by myself and suffers judgements made with in simple terms his information. The voice partially strikes the 'he' to embody group and a spot of identification exploration and discovery. A language is discovered. A language of reports that allows him to hyperlink his personal own historical past to a bigger local group and event. via this stumbled on dating with ancestry and relations, 'he' turns into receptive to non secular teachings and cultural practices. half 3 units 'he' loose to consolidate the 'pieces' of his thoughts and reports into one, huge artistic internet of experimentation and shape. needing inclusion of non-public background and reflections despite notions of excellent or undesirable, optimistic or adverse, 'he' ultimately settles on a epidermis he can stay with and within.    

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He washed it in a creek. Some say it was cut off, stolen and sold. Poor, pitiful man, he couldn't even cry. What's to be done with him? He couldn't even Page 42 tell us what happened, or really happened. We were all curious. He simply went down to the creek to wash his face. He came back faceless, without a face. It just wasn't there. Although this man was well informed and followed every rule, he did make a mistake. At that time, the custom required a person to offer tobacco as a gift to the water before one will wash their face.

I always brought him a pack of Camels; a brand he said he began smoking in 1917. In 1976, when I was eighteen, he told me a more serious story because he overheard my father and me discussing what I should do with my life. My father wanted me to go to college rather than throwing block in Minnesota or raising horses for the rodeo with my uncle in South Dakota. The story Grandpa Allard told was analogous both to his life and to my father's life. But, I wonder how much the story was meant for me.

I adjusted the time-frame of the story to fit my own needs, and I probably told the story in a way that I would tell it. Unfortunately, I forgot all the names he used and most of the facts, so this story is only half accurateno pun intended. At any rate, I created what I had to and I remembered the rest. Page 47 Other Poems Page 49 Rifle and Woman Blue Woman laughing at man and broken rifle "fix that thing" slipped in the creek sophisticated bore "you have broken muzzle" Blue Woman friend laugh, laugh, laugh Page 50 Rain-In-the-Face Talks to the Agency's Psychiatrist Red Lake Singer beats the blue drum Sings: Bring forth the new Please I can't find out Source, Find it Find it I opened up Expressed my toe as a crushed oak leaf Stepped on hear the source Kicked a stone The ripples went inward And disappeared Within the Lake.

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