Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Tuesday poem #339 : Ian Martin : THE UNIVERSAL EXPERIENCE

“There are both positive and negative uses of the phrase [‘one size fits all’].” —Wikipedia

poems: delusions of grandeur? rightful inheritances of metaphysical power? how grand to think you could be the important key. how banal. how to convince the stars to spin a certain way. the lottery of astrology. the way you can buy another ticket with different numbers. the way a disgruntled star follows you home from the circle k like a mugger.

poems: an astrology? an orgy? your self-conceptions frotting their stars and planets. becoming something vast and world-collapsing. something soft. something of a mess. how to clear away the mess before you start to think it’s beautiful.

poems: too beautiful? an onion headline or a silly question. there are no silly questions. just impressions of grandeur. how someone else inherits the stars and you the surrounding abyss. how you could scratch away the abyss. how you could win something for it.

Ian Martin is an inimitable buffoon and writer living in Ottawa. Ian has published four chapbooks, most recently YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO KEEP THIS UP FOREVER (AngelHousePress, 2018) and PLACES TO HIDE (Coven Editions, 2018). Ian’s work has appeared recently in Bad Nudes, Plenitude Magazine, and Pretty Owl Poetry. Ian is, by and large, bi and large.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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