“advice from spirit eater” and “father” – Poetry by William Lessard

Burning House - Marc Chagall, 1913
Burning House – Marc Chagall, 1913

Not only does William Lessard have 3 gorgeously surreal poems in our Spring 2016 issue (including “advice from spirit eater” and “father,” below), he’ll have four more poems in our forthcoming issue, FLAPPERHOUSE XAND he’ll be performing at our 8th Reading / Issue X Flight Party at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard on June 22!

{ X }

“advice from spirit eater”

BLUE BABY ANGEL

tucked

behind your spleen

every night

he claws out,

just to watch

cartoons

can’t stop him / can

slow him down

he likes sugar

and anger—give him

vegetables

&

joy

 

 { X }

“father”

(After Schoonebeek’s Chorus)

SAW THE BURNING HOUSE IN YOUR VOICE
I spent

my life denying

collapse into an argument of sticks
every night

your mouth caught flame
with Canadian Club

was to be

(against the history of history
talking

into an empty glass)

the light that drove me

into a forest

where I was the only light

{ X }

Travel + Leisure and Viking River Cruises DinnerWILLIAM LESSARD has writing that has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, NPR, Prelude, Wired, Thought Catalog, People Holding,Drunk Monkeys, Voicemail Poems, Metatron, Moloko HouseHis chapbook Rembrandt with Cell Phone was published by Reality Beach in May 2016.

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