Friday, February 14, 2020

Brian Beatty On d.a. levy

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to d.a. levy (1934-2014)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

The sky is an uneasy mimeograph blue.
Ohio towns all smell of tire factories
never built there. (Truly. It’s in the air.)
Everyone you meet aspires to become
a mailman. For the uniform and perks.
An unfortunate few pass the exam.
The rest wind up studying art in prison,
making the most of their stays there.
If some jerk does somehow escape,
he quickly realizes the error of his ways.
Back in he goes. Voluntarily this time.

– Brian Beatty

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1 comment:

  1. d.a. levy epitomizes the anti-academic school of poetry to my mind. Which I enjoy, because there's more to life than tenure.


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