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July 27, 2018 / barton smock

person Matt Morris, two poems

ISACOUSTIC*

Matt Morris is the author of Nearing Narcoma, winner of the Main Street Press Poetry Book Award, and Walking in Chicago with a Suitcase in My Hand, published by Knut House Press. His work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies.

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TINY AIRPORTS

The fog lifts. You glimpse
the wires holding up
the plane, scuffed wing
tips of angels who guide it along

peeking out from a cardboard
cut-out cloud—that dark
fat one, for instance,
following you. What

did you expect—whirring
propellers of some gray
puddle-jumping albatross
to glide across the sun’s

smiley button face? Up here
home is but a speck
on the glass, your career
even less significant—as if that’s

possible. The drunk
next to you wants to hold
hands for luck, but surely he
sees through the guise

of your humanity.
Way down below,
the runway sticks out its sleek
black tongue to taste

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