Nonsense

All that nonsense
about art not being
a competitive act
is just that. Hell,
you’re competing
against the pine cone,
the slug, the donkey’s tail—
the worm and the dead cow’s
viscous blue eye as two hundred
deaf boys bang pans outside
the village of your defeat.

After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans, Matt Dennison’s work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made videos with poetry videographers Michael Dickes, Swoon and Marie Craven.

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