May Cause

Tinnitus, uncharacteristic
willingness to ascend ladders,
early estivation, fruity urination,
tendency to jump off a train
in the Carpathians to investigate
a ruined abbey, frequent antichrists,
cardiac upheavals see pages 3
to thirty thousand, using a pitchfork
to fold towels, using a pitchfork
for the taxes, losing the bridge,
smearing the pentagram, wildly
swung vanishing point, clouds
for trousers, sudden windchime,
sudden leafdrop, sudden joy.



Dean Young’s latest poetry collection, Shock by Shock, was published by Copper Canyon Press, 2015.


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