March 23, 2020

BRIAN BARTLETT AT THE POETRY PARTY


Brian Bartlett
From Safety Last

 (inspired by the silent-screen films of Harold Lloyd)


  Two men fight
on a heap of rope until,
   tangled, they fight the rope


                 He keeps all he has
            from their one meeting—
                her dog’s biscuit-box


   From sleeping-car curtains
horrors of the dark—
  strangers’ jutting white feet 


              After the mouse-trap
            bites his searching fingers,
              he eats the cheese


   Silent movie—
the shy stutterer
   is spared sound 


                After she’s named
            the stranger Trouble, she says,
              “Trouble, don’t change”

Brian was going to read from his new Gaspereau Press chapbook at The Words & Music Show: It Will Be Summer in Montreal Sunday, March 22.

Copies of Safety Last can be ordered here

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