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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