Tyler Simnick

Tips for Moving to a New Country

 

Fear the fuzzy flames

and calling whatever it is

 

It. Dip your hair in

wine and dive into the

 

bush, run off the lead

of castration, take a

 

pronounceable name and

enter the palace when it’s free.

 

You can’t get to Rome

by any road, but you can

 

still feel the panorama, pass

through the aluminum swirls,

 

spray paint the mime and overcome

the scare tactics of success.

Tyler Simnick grew up on the northwest side of Indianapolis and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he earned his BA and MA. After graduation, he moved to Madrid and worked as an English teacher. He is currently based in Brooklyn and working for a publishing house. His work has appeared in Panoply, Indiana's Best Emerging Poets, and Canvas.

 

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