Poetry 2012 / Volume 43

Civitate Dei — William Spencer

I look around for a frame free of artifice.
At best I get cigar smoke blown through a harmonica in C.
Behind my head is the lowest quality conversation I’ve ever heard.

Earlier, locals pointed weapons at me from porches as I walked by.
They informed me that I wasn’t from this neighborhood.

If I’m gonna die in this city, I want to be carrying a better book.
Maybe The Long Goodbye

The concrete wall says “give me your brain”
“STOIC”
“I will grieve for…”

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2 thoughts on “Civitate Dei — William Spencer

  1. Pingback: Current Issue: Volume 43, Number 1 — Poetry Issue, Fall 2012 | Coe Review

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