2RV Fall Teaser

Jump over to 2River next week for the Fall issue of The 2River View, with new poems by Lenny DellaRocca, Judith Barrington, Rebecca D’Alise, Karen Donovan, Gary Dop, Marcel Gauthier, Marjorie Maddox. Christine Marshall, Carolyn Murdoch, Barbara Schwartz, and Lauren Shimulunas. Meanwhile, here’s a teaser:

Bird Café

Lenny Dellarocca

There was a dusty bird finished with everything,
evening stirred in the trees
and the figs were never consumed.

Above the noise of conversation
at the sidewalk restaurant,
I overheard a man say something

about the Café Verona. I wondered
why my ear tuned to just his words
in the miscellaneous air,

why my eye sought out that bird
sleeping among elms and wrens
as if nothing on earth mattered.

These were equations to me,
physical realities
caught by chance in nonlinear

verbatim by the formula
which sends art out among chaos
and finds a place for itself.

As if all possibilities had been
ruled out
except that bird

and a voice saying Café Verona.
There was, and could not be,
anything else in the world.

About Richard Long

I'm a Professor of English at Saint Louis Community College--Meramec, where I teach composition, creative writing, environmental literature, and poetry. I also edit 2River, home of the 2River View, the 2River Chapbook Series, and Muddy Bank. You can also follow me on my bicycle as I tour the country, self supported, at richardtreks.blogspot.com.
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