from THE BACK ROOM POEMS
In this tree, looking for symptoms
that are still single
but are now ready to settle down
and meet their affliction,
I tried the last of my gunpowder,
spit it out,
made motions that summer was indeed
tomorrow, fell from this tree
into another tree, and thanked both of my hands,
one at a time.
I'm ready to change the world.
©2015 Magic Helicopter Press
Jordan Stempleman is the author of eight collections of poetry including Wallop and No, Not Today (Magic Helicopter Press). He is an assistant professor in the School of Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute. Stempleman co-edits The Continental Review, one of the longest running online literary magazines devoted to video poetics. He is the faculty advisor for the literary magazine Sprung Formal, curates A Common Sense Reading Series, and in 2013, The Huffington Post listed Stempleman as one of “The Top 200 Advocates of American Poetry.”
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