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KYLE SCHLESINGER.August 2019


KYLE SCHLESINGER

Photo by Jeff Sirkin


 

PROVIDENCE

What’s on television

Just another hallucination

We’ve got the volume at forty-five

To make the weather sound better

There’s a place where Zeppelin’s always on

But we don’t take the lyrics too seriously

Like Conrad’s mom

And there’s always a haircut

You don’t understand

Donald Sutherland’s voice

Ted Berrigan’s Providence

The slant of the sleet

The grit of the street

Where there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts

On every corner

And then something changed

And everyone turned on the radio

Turned off the lights

And I wonder where you are

Where Huey’s at

 

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SPENT

Spent the first half of the day

Clearing up the second half

Of yesterday

Spent the second half of the day

Cleaning up for tomorrow

In the future

Like they say

 

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I REMEMBER SOMETHING YOU ONCE TOLD ME

Was it something I said?

Maybe something like

When I think about you

I quote myself

My father always said

Put it in writing

But he isn’t much of a writer

You were saying something

About the Rolling Stones

And I was holding the bag

Not insincere but just

Totally bungled because

History is mosaic and hilarious

I was a little stoned

Maybe making a sunflower

Someone once said

There’s always a beautiful

Someone at Juice Land

And that’s pretty much true

We were just getting started

So many things are extravagant

Even a perfect spiral

Because once is an idea

You can pounce upon

Jump up and down on the iota

I almost forgot to tell you

Hold that thought about

Perspective and all the cameras

Like cinéma vérité par excellence

There’s someone on the other line

They’re coming down here in a cab

Someone actually said that

 

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PRACTICE SPACE

Make a practice space

Big enough for learning

Mind is a line

A point in space

Cast a ledge

Coast off

Bottom line

Full of free refills

Before uncertainty

There was practice

Don’t make any

Sudden moves

 

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REPORTED SIGHTINGS

A small red helicopter

Disappears into the blue

And that’s just one reason

I’m glad to know you

Hang gliders, hot air balloons

And sunfish on an open sea

Make me happy, just imagine

All the people

 

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SPLIT

We were

Now we’re

 

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KYLE SCHLESINGER


Kyle Schlesinger
is a poet, printer, and professor. A New Kind of Country is forthcoming from Chax Press early in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2019.KYLE SCHLESINGER