Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Tuesday poem #474 : Daniel Owen : BAD AT EXAMPLES




nothing so
sure as the
world on the

wind. where the empty
square that

confirms the box
checks out when

who could be
inside. spills

a little nyc all
over it like a photo.

kept arguing
with itself over

a break

fallen world stuff

with such
belabored grace.

the great rind they
call it, take a lick and

shudder all sinful,
etcetera, lists. can

you hear
the technology

of the cigarette draining
out the voice

the late city's

like anyone
else you lurch

through some
kind of innocence or

backyard impossible
in a rock

'n roll fantasy.
as anyone's supposed

to go. the moon
honeyed to a nail in

the sky all
us or dust please




Daniel Owen's recent publications are Celingak-Celinguk (Tan Kinira, 2021), Up in the Empty Ferries (Third Floor Apartment Press, 2021), and Points of Amperture (dos-à-dos chapbook with Jennifer Soong's When I Ask My Friend, DoubleCross Press, 2021). His translations from Indonesian include Afrizal Malna’s Document Shredding Museum (Reading Sideways Press, 2019) and poems by Malna and Farhanah published in various journals and magazines. Recent writing and translations have appeared in Circumference, Asphalte, Columbia Journal, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. He edits and designs books and participates in many processes of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective. 

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan


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