Mad Acts to Stave Off Madness

& shaking out our hair
On a street looking westward

The afternoon is a goat
Skittering across the world’s broken silences

No recalcitrant obnoxious little man on the cold stairs
Telling us we’ve got 42 minutes to shave dusk

From an unfinished sentence
Eleven pairs of railroad tracks to remind us—

2 bums in a white vacant lot & nothing for the dogs
                        & I’m delighted to be here

The sky so charmingly
So hissingly black that I want

To cry & let myself
Float out…but into what?

Raymond Farr is author of ECSTATIC/.of facts (Otoliths, 2011), & Writing What For? across the Mourning Sky (Blue & Yellow Dog, 2012), sic transit—”g” (Blue & Yellow Dog, 2012, 2016), Poetry in the Age of Zero Grav (Blue & Yellow Dog, 2015). Raymond is editor of Blue & Yellow Dog, now archived at & publisher/editor of a new poetry blog The Helios Mss.

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