The Bedside Book of Narrow Escapes – Glen Armstrong

We left town just before the riots.

 

The TV eyes, big and red

but discreetly placed,

caught it all:

 

Tear gas and faulty fasteners.

 

In that little village of longer

shadows and taller trees,

 

we hid.

We disguised ourselves

 

as Madame Hydra

and Ego the Living Planet.

 

I had two pairs of pants

and a beach towel to wrap

around myself

on laundry day.

 

We tried the local cuisine.

We worked in a factory

 

carving sound effects,

[KA-BLAMMO] for example,

out of the foam from abandoned

couch cushions.

 

The overlords were happy

with our work,

 

and the soda jerk

resented that.

 

It was a simple life for a while.

 

When we left, we never left

a forwarding address.

 

 

 

GLEN: Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in
Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and
has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most
Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in
Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.

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