Kevin Spenst: Two Poems

What’s Shaken from the Sun

 

We dream our ideals into each day,
wake within some souvenir of failure,
vacation in a lovely schmutz of laughter.

Confounded by fuck-ups and shoddy
directions, we hovel respite from the pits.
We dream our ideals into each day.

Compounded by weaks and yearns,
time pummels our expressions. Our
vacay’s in a lovely schmutz of laughter.

Contorted faces tear up into whatever
joy or pain our imaginations can afford.
We dream our ideals into each day.

What shadows can be shaken from
the sun? Who basks in the moon? What
vacates our lovely schmutz of laughter?

We are bogged down by officious get-
aways, enlightened by home-grown smiles.
We dream up ideals into each day,
vacation in a lovely schmutz of laughter.

 

 

Boundaries and Horizons

 

Smiles, profiles, the borders of a country.

A rabbit under a blink becomes a duck

The world belayed through a window.

 

She hurtles the psych textbook at his head;

he ducks under a sink or does he grab it?

Smiles, profiles, the boulders of a country

 

Some split up and start again. Questions

on dates as reconnaissance, as a skirmish.

The world betrayed through a window

 

The last bomb of some war sets in the east.

Soldiers rounded up. Collaborators kissed.

Smiles, profiles, the holders of a country

 

Walls, fences, curbs and blanks to fill in.

“Conditions will soon be favorable for romance”

The world laid out through a window.

 

A mustering of storks spatters the dawn

An ink-blot plummets an audit of images.

Smiles, profiles, the borders of a country

The world belayed through a window.


In addition to the UK, the United States, Austria and India, Kevin Spenst’s poetry has appeared in over a dozen Canadian literary publications. In April and May of 2014 Kevin Spenst did a 100-venue reading tour of Canada in support of small poetry presses with his chapbooks Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press, 2013), Retractable (the serif of nottingham, 2013), Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite (self-published, 2012), What the Frag Meant (100 têtes press, 2014) and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press, 2014). A full collection of poetry, Jabbering with Bing Bong, is forthcoming with Anvil Press in the spring of 2015.

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