The News – Matt Dennison

Matt Dennison

Reminds me of my
flamboyant solo
drunk in New Orleans
once I promised
marriage—barefoot
black-haired
cartoon wolf
with one suspender
snapping through
a red and black landscape
of crazy tilted
buildings, rubber
sky bouncing strident
sirens and balloon-tired
buses back to cataract
streets as I gathered
the world in gulps,
swallowed bad
nails by the handful,
blue bricks by the wall,
upended the Mississippi,
chewed the moon trying
to seduce fuel from
the snake-haired Egyptian,
the slim-footed Chinese
all astonished to refusal by
what big eyes, what
big teeth I had
before burning off
my scrap mental
to reveal the steady
flaming structure
within.

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