Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

Tag Archive for ‘longing’

god is lost.

Rumi sets God and me up on a blind date and we meet in his field, hidden away from the haram police. He has long hair and guitar-calloused hands and the oldest eyes you’ve ever seen. Around us, the world burns; I laugh and tell him we need to stop meeting like this. He tells me how the mullahs won’t let him into his own homes, the mosques built in […]

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The Opposite of Nostalgia

the waiter at the mexican restaurant insists he gave me a ride yesterday but i wasn’t at the side of any road he looks again laughs apologizes i say they tell me i look a lot like other people but don’t ever see them i ask him where i was going and learn my car broke down as i was headed out of town i laugh i guess we’re both […]

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Before

I’m  9 and behind the wheel of our green and white ’55 Olds. I start to check the mirrors, but my father tells me not to worry what’s coming from behind– though I know he always does. The Belt curves around to the right near the Bay Parkway exit and I see houses and parks and empty lots in the distance and people walking on Shore Road, dressed for the […]

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Window Shopping

Grinning, disheveled, leaning against yellowest willow, a cut on your shin, smell of dead leaves You step from cabs, bent knee birthed in streetlight You half-sleep in hammocks under ruddy overcast You should be by the willow, disheveled I can’t put dreams back where they find me   Matthew Byrne received his MFA from University of Montana in 1999. He has been published in some journals, and had a poem […]

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Laments

1. She dreams of dreams— O, my chinchilla, my arabesque, my otherworldly worldly, my bud blossom blossom bud, O.   2. She is the window staring back.  Sometimes, she sees constellations; the stars don’t come out.  Nor does she, until coming home.   3. Instead, bacon grease flecks her wrist.  Her watch smudges. No one hears her blink, nor flinch.   4. I pinch her thoughts, making sure she’s asleep.  […]

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Housekeeping

            [part of The Fixer series]   I’ll come through later, sweep the scene clean. You’ll be safe in South America by the time they sound the alarm. That’s the professional service ethic to expect when you hire the Quicker Picker Upper. It’s the forest primeval out there. Society’s reverting to a brutal state of nature. So find your fortune, cash out, set up in a country that is skeptical […]

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Poem for Elvis on His Birthday

I’ve put aluminum foil up on all my windows, blocked all sunlight, crawled inside myself, found nothing but used condoms, crumpled beer cans, buckets full of half eaten fried chicken bones, delinquency notices written in red ink, my sad credit score under my pillow like a pistol, skin of lost lovers gathered in the corner of my room, hair nests of new ones tangled in bedsheets freshly soiled with perfume […]

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The River Is Cold on Christmas Day

even if the weather is warm. Eighteen wheelers shake the bridge, the water is a corpse. There’s a woman I haven’t seen in weeks, there’s a party tonight, at least that’s what I remember from last year. A roasted pig with an apple shoved in its mouth, tubs of iced cheap beer, a pharmacy on the table, hangover sex in the shaking morning, tomorrow I will rise alone to the […]

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Echoes

As the van drew away, I thought about my bird, Never expecting that I’d seen the last of him — or my home. Young as I was, I thought my life would never change; blue, Open skies ought to be permanent. I’d met death — Nearly everyone learns what it’s like to feel a corpse grow stiff, Exquisitely, beneath your fingers — but those were fish. These rooms Carried the […]

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Failure

For the life of me I cannot capture the haiku of my pear tree and my pecan tree finally touching limbs after twenty years of growth—superior lovers, patient, knowing, they reject my prying, reductionist mind.   After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans, Matt Dennison’s work has appeared in Rattle, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made videos […]

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