Two Poems

by Jay Ritchie

Jay Ritchie is the author of Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie, a full-length collection of poetry forthcoming from Coach House Books in 2017. He is Assistant Editor for Metatron Press and a Publicist for Vallum: contemporary poetry  magazine. Find him online @jaywritchie

Hôtel-Dieu

What a great open wound a day can be.

Destiny falters at a moody clip
down St. Dominique

in light’s afterparty.
No demands for swift

and central momentum,
I only wish I were myself.

For a moment

the gauze is tight, but it isn’t
there, around your left hand.

Night drags its feet
outside de Gaspé lofts

with a mountain in the distance
and a planet in the distance.

 

 

As If We Aren’t Massive

Midas running a golden stick
along the fence and beyond
into the day all May
participating in money
the way children do.
Enjoy Breaking Through
with the sun making
a sun sound
and water becoming
aware of samsara
120 miles above
Europa, Jupiter’s
special moon.
My affection bought
a ladder, it showed me things
I have never seen! Before!
some landman from green Alberta
screamed on the logging road.
Kilometres from the border
I threw my shoes out the window
because because.

 


Jay Ritchie is the author of Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie, a full-length collection of poetry forthcoming from Coach House Books in 2017. He is Assistant Editor for Metatron Press and a Publicist for Vallum: contemporary poetry  magazine. Find him online @jaywritchie

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