Adam Stutz

ANGLER (A PRECIPITATION)

 

The indent of origin/a flight/a kiss goodnight

 

is a price check          the love like open

 

                          (like a salvo)—

 

perhaps a clarion        the backwash

 

is a bright          break in the throat—

 

a bitter license:           a charity

 

                          for something hidden

 

The organs       (a riot squad)

 

offer a harsh                    horizon

 

glowing in haunting         regrets

 

Forlornness                     has a knack for neon:

 

laced up with                   a backward-looking

 

lucidity

 

liquor stores

 

laundromats                   crash-pad

 

hopefulness                   + false narratives

 

         like anglers dangling lights

 

         for prey                these plots

 

                            promised refuge once

 

promised faulty temples

 

giving rise to love songs

 

                           ardent elegies

 

for our lechery

 

Solitude is a diktat       a refutation

 

an expulsion

 

an expectation             bleeding politely

 

The memory                dances

 

in clothed cravings       playing

 

spin-the-bottle              pursuing a body

 

a politic of lease

Adam Stutz is the the co-curator of the Non-Standard Lit Reading Series with Mark Wallace and Jeanine Webb. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Equalizer: Second Series, White Stag, The Cultural Society, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Prelude, Be About It, Deluge, Dum Dum Zine, The Pinch, and Where is the River. He is the author of the chapbook Transcript (Cooper Dillon Books, 2017) and The Scales (White Stag Publishing, 2018). He currently resides in San Diego, CA.

 

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