To Those Who Won’t Be Going
To invite you anywhere is to invite Carrie to the high school prom, but to leave you behind seems equally cruel.
The dust from the sidewalk twirls about in eddies.
Ask your parents about Red Ball Jets and PF Flyers.
Ask your older sister about crying under the giant horse at P.F. Changs.
I agree with your guidance counselor, at least in principle, that writing The Mars Volta fan fiction is a misuse of your talents.
It’s not uncommon to feel simultaneously gilded and gelded.
Canvas shoes on a brisk autumn day are an underrated pleasure when worn without socks.
Chinese food signifies a celebration when eaten by those who have never been to China.
Among the Forgetters #68
In this dark room with no windows,
In this meaningless room
of a television
At that point we all live in a yellow
I only see sightless fish
and they only make a lasting impression
when I see the world
through my skin,
when I begin to turn inward.
of thirty days and thirty nights
gives way to the rhythm
of hunger and contentment.
World’s Fair #7
Individuals may seem strange
And black eyebrows
And two fingers
Respect in the form of a funnel
Horses and should
Men and women
The end of all babies’ faces
And the beginning
Of industry / of large flat tails / of diplomatic
Missions to the near
Licking the heart’s gravy
From a shirtsleeve
Easily seen to be alien / wild
Things reset to walk
Individuals may count holes
On their fingers
With an almost missionary
And miniature golf
And sugar spun
And gunfire off in the distance.
By Glen Armstrong
- Glen Armstrong edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has two new chapbooks: Simpler Times and Staring Down Miracles.