Ephram Pratt Struggles to Understand

Be frank about it,
he would say,

tell everyone who knows
or needs to know:

driving in after dark
is never a substitute

for the pleasures
of a dislocated anger,

of telling everyone
of the slow dissolution

of what was impossible
to believe in.

Was it because
of the twisted wind,

the twisted fire
that runs inside

all the even numbered
nightmares, culminating

in the choice of a
cricket song?

It leads to a voice
serenely undetected.

Who could tell?
It was part of an

existential miasma
trying to extinguish itself.


Jack Lorts

About Jack Lorts

Jack Lorts poems have appeared widely in little and literary magazines over the past 40+ years, including Arsenic Lobster, Fishtrap, High Desert Journal, Haggard & Halloo, etc. His most recent chapbooks are "Dear Gilbert Sorrentino & Other Poems" (Finishing Line) and "The Meeting Place of Words" (Pudding House). He is currently Mayor of Fossil, OR.
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