The Poet


What I’m trying to do is impossible
Is that the right way to start?
You tell me.

What I’m trying to do is find words that don’t exist for feelings that do

God knows there are enough words
Millions of them
They’re everywhere – like gnats


Because none of them are quite right, 
I combine a bunch of them,
scrape their jagged edges together,
and cobble them into a monument to the inexpressible

This monument is a rickety thing at best
A healthy sneeze or note of skepticism will reduce it to dust
So I dig my hand through the tender flesh between my nipples,
pinch off a shred of my heart,
and gently set it on the pinnacle of words
in the hope it can hold things together 
long enough
that I will collapse before the monument does 

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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