Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesday poem #146 : Buck Downs : by the time I reach las vegas

I didn’t have any interest
in knowing even when
      I thought I knew –

                  know-how. the way
                              it crumbles.
                              hours of time
                        just to jam you up –
            and jokes about
      the velocity – meme
      ain’t even the word for it –

I don’t have to demonstrate
      these spooky prophetic
powers of mine – you just watch out

                  wouldn’t you rather
be demolished by love
                        than divided
                        against yourself

even the shortest day of the year
      can get pretty fucking long

A native of Jones County Miss., Buck Downs' latest book is TACHYCARDIA, available now from Edge Books. Buck is the poetry editor of Boog City, and works at Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC.

photo credit: Michael Geffner/Inspired Word NYC

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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