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August 2, 2018 / barton smock

person Jason Ryberg, one poem


Jason Ryberg is the author of twelve books of poetry, six screenplays, and a few short stories. He is currently an artist-in-residence at both The Prospero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s and the Osage Arts Community, and is an editor and designer at Spartan Books. His latest collections of poems are Zeus-X-Mechanica (Spartan Press, 2017) and A Secret History of the Nighttime World (39 West Press, 2017). He lives part-time in Kansas City and part-time somewhere in the Ozarks, near the Gasconade River.


Treehouse Fallen in the Backwoods

Kind of a curious thing
to come upon a fallen treehouse,
all of a sudden, in the deep Missouri backwoods
(somewhere in that hazy, uncharted zone
between North and South, noon and sundown);

one of those classic contemplative moments,
we could assume, that the universe
randomly puts in our paths, from time to time:

no other signs of civilization or human activity
of any kind for miles,

no reason one would…

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