Used Bookstore Poetry

Selected Poems

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this is it. this is the most important gif on tumblr.com

no okay but let me tell you a story
so at school I’m generally a pretty quiet person. I talk to a few people, I have a few friends, but I keep to myself a lot. So anyway, during lunch I’m on tumblr mobile, and this thing comes up. I put the gif onto full screen, and kind of half laugh at it. Then this guy who I have literally never talked to before walks by and then slowly back up and starts looking at my phone screen. I try to explain what I’m looking at, but really, how the hell do you explain this? Anyway, he waves over one of his friends so his friend comes over and looks at it. I’m still sitting in my chair, and we are all still completely silent. Soon more people begin to gather. 12 people, to be exact. 12 people, many of which I have never spoken to before, standing in a large, silent, ritual-esque circle around my iphone which is playing this gif on loop. After about five minutes, the first guy goes “how long is this?” and I was like “uh, its, um, its a gif, so it kind of goes on forever.” he nods and says “perfect”. These were the only words spoken throughout this whole event.

you-wish-you-had-this-url:

catp0rn:

this is it. this is the most important gif on tumblr.com

no okay but let me tell you a story

so at school I’m generally a pretty quiet person. I talk to a few people, I have a few friends, but I keep to myself a lot. So anyway, during lunch I’m on tumblr mobile, and this thing comes up. I put the gif onto full screen, and kind of half laugh at it. Then this guy who I have literally never talked to before walks by and then slowly back up and starts looking at my phone screen. I try to explain what I’m looking at, but really, how the hell do you explain this? Anyway, he waves over one of his friends so his friend comes over and looks at it. I’m still sitting in my chair, and we are all still completely silent. Soon more people begin to gather. 12 people, to be exact. 12 people, many of which I have never spoken to before, standing in a large, silent, ritual-esque circle around my iphone which is playing this gif on loop. After about five minutes, the first guy goes “how long is this?” and I was like “uh, its, um, its a gif, so it kind of goes on forever.” he nods and says “perfect”. These were the only words spoken throughout this whole event.

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Ambulance, Mark Smith-Soto

I’ve just cut the mower off, and now
a siren uncoils in the still air.

Late afternoon; the horizon leaks
a smear of iodine over the pear trees…

The wail deepens, and I am then afraid,
as if I could be hurt without

knowing it. No one is on the street;
the neighbor’s dog naps unalarmed…

And still I stand in my yard, watching
color pool into the orange tulips, thinking:

nothing is wrong, not here, not now.

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Goleta, by Cynthia Cruz

Lady Murasaki was mother’s mare and Flying
Cloud was father’s, his favorite, a pale strawberry roan.
Little Fox was mine, upon whose back I broke
Loose those locked rooms, that
House. The Ranch, Goleta,
The impossible fire. A field, a world, a winter
Of singing that would not stop. At night,
Even now, I can hear the sound
Of great flocks passing overhead.

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The Signpost, by Nick Laird

Knee-capped on the second Tuesday of the month
by two of the stringy cunts
he’d last bought a round for at Christmas

put paid to the plans for ascending Everest,
and playing for Rangers, even in goal
(though it left open Glentoran, as his father’d suggested).

                                        ✼

The pistol jammed and they kicked him over.
They could break his legs, they offered,
but he waited, and another gun was brought,

and the barrel held against his calf
(friends, see, so they spared his knees),
and the trigger pulled and the bullet shot.

                                        ✼

Opening fire: slitting the skin of the side of the flame.
He’d helf a bomb the same weight as he’d been when born.
Pan back. Agree with that, the thought he had until he blacked,

what with one arm splayed under, and the other
swung over the blade of his shoulder,
he must, from above, make sense as a signpost.

                                        ✼

From the Royal’s window he got a clear view.
An air vent on a roof lent a heat haze to Belfast,
and two cranes swung their arms low over the city.

as if giving a blessing. Incredible to stay upright
with all that gathered weight. He spied his father’s house,
but all the lights, strange that, were out.

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Children of the City, by Stuart Dischell

I guess it was the rain that sent them
To her room, the urban rain that starts
With a great fuss but nothing like the rain
That catches you on a field or shore with no
Place to go. They might have stood in doorways,
Under awnings or parking lot overhangs,
By the edges of other peoples’ umbrellas.
They might have gotten a drink or a cab
Or stepped inside the middle of a movie
When mystification makes all plots subtle,
The villain a hero of our own confusion,
Co-stars taking on the leading roles.
They might have indulged consumer desire,
Charging trench coats and festive rain hats,
Allowing themselves to be intimidated
By department store clerks, suited waiters,
Or couples who comment on the passing shoes.
They might have stood against a scrawny tree,
Pretending they had lost their forested way.
Instead, they agreed they did not like the rain,
That it bothered them and made them cold,
that they would follow the dotted puddles
Back where she would make them tea, where
They worried about their throats then kissed a lot
In the bathtub anyway. Leaning on the radiator,
Afterwards he wore her roommate’s fuzzy robe.

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Song of the Northland, by George Louis Neuhoff

I heard a lone wolf howl across the snows,
   On far Alaska’s melancholy shore.
The blinking huskies, rousing from a doze,
   Voiced the wild music in their hearts once more.

It seemed that here was neither day nor night,
   Just changeless bitter cold and long grey dawn.
I almost wearied of the Northern Light;
   O’er endless drifts I plodded on and on.

I shuddered at the Northland’s want of cheer.
   Her children drink sweet sadness at her breast.
Like love of lost ones whom we held most dear-
   Who feels her spell, shall elsewhere find no rest.

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I Arrive in a Small Boat, Alone; by Susan Ludvigson

In my bed your body is an island
inhabited by a cautious race of men
whose elaborate rituals were designed
for safety, like the shaking of hands
to show an absence of weapons,
or the sharing of food to prove its purity.
They are united, they rally
to a common cause, so that
when possible danger appears,
they line up, each with one knee
on the ground for balance,
shields side by side,
the reflected sun bright enough
to blind the approaching figure,
me, waving a hand.
Now and then one’s caught by himself
off-duty, the tribe’s chant
dim in the distance. Sometimes
he hears a song that seems
to come from his own blood’s rhythm.
But he checks himself,
returns to the village quickly,
rarely tripping on roots,
for he’s memorized the path,
cut away offending branches.
Safely back, he joins the others,
sleeps in his own hut, in tune
with the breath of his brothers.
He knows if he keeps still long enough
the music will stop.

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From Birdsong, by Jelaluddin Rumi
I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow and called out,      ”It tastes sweet, does it not?”      ”You’ve caught me,” grief answered,      ”and you’ve ruined my business. How can I sell sorrow,          when you know it’s a blessing?”

From Birdsong, by Jelaluddin Rumi

I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow
and called out,
     ”It tastes sweet, does it not?”
     ”You’ve caught me,” grief answered,
     ”and you’ve ruined my business.
How can I sell sorrow,
         when you know it’s a blessing?”

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False Spring, by Mark Smith-Soto

From under a tree that’s changed
in the seductive February heat, pink
centers and white petals spelling

spring, a friend and I look up to admire a woman
who wears a yellow scarf against the wind-
she’s stepped quickly to her car

with all her hidden intentions, and though
she’s thrown open the door, she just stands there,
not troubled, we sense it, by a bird

cawing or a book forgotten, but absolute,
as if she’d understood from the wind,
or from her shadow staring right back up at her,

how she might remain and remain,
precisely there.

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