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May 2, 2018 / barton smock

person Leanne Drapeau, three poems


Leanne Drapeau is a high school Language Arts teacher in Hartford, Connecticut. She works with students each year to revise and perfect a social justice oriented curriculum that uses literature to teach both reading and writing skills through the lens of critical literacy. Her poetry has been published in Triggerfish Critical Review and The Good Men Project. She is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee.


loneliness is a powerful thing, kafka

The pillow has done violence to my face
like a cloud crossing the moon.

Kafka follows me through all
the corridors of my memory

through all the blue rooms
of his blue book.

His ears catch the sunlight
and shine orange, bloodlit

veins like eyelids –
the inside –

like swallowing
a flashlight.

His ears are lanterns
and his eyes are caves
his tongue is a candle

when there are rocks he goes
before me

and when there…

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