First and Foremost Task of Soldier

First and Foremost Task of Soldier*
by C. Charles Bley

On occasion men are
deeper minds

in all our great lofty

every road
will He the secret
road end

from the stormed position

engulfed the seeing
surprised firm as day

we in the forests equal
as we see

*The full article "First and Foremost Task of Soldier" originally appeared 4.24.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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