Friday, October 19, 2012

Two Poems by Alan Britt


The poet says,
Look inside that black lilac,
inside that fist of roses
shivering above your head!

Circling crows squeal like brakes
on a UPS truck hauling boxes
addressed in melancholy handwriting
to no one in particular.

The wind invites the poet
to shift his waist
against the cool, white vinyl straps
of a white patio chair.

I know, says the poet.
Each time I'm here I dream of impossibilities
far outnumbering wrinkled avocados
mummifying wooden bins at the local market!

The wind shakes her head. She already
knows that those narrow coffins
of avocados are disorganized,
like a delicious chimera of impossibilities



The poet loses his hearing

and his memory.

That's not fair!  Even
Beethoven had memory!

So one night the poet enters a tavern,
taps a saffron beer bottle
against the sentimental beat
of Country Western music
and notices every detail
of every pea green tattoo spread
across every pale cleavage
hunched across the dimly lit bar.

Chameleons leaking from the smoky eyes
of every patron makes him feel like a fist!


Alan Britt read poems at the World Trade Center/Tribute WTC Visitor Center ( in Manhattan/NYC, April 2012, at the We Are You Project (WeAreYouProject.Org) Wilmer Jennings Gallery, East Village/NYC, April 2012, and at New Jersey City University's Ten Year 9/11 Commemoration in Jersey City, NJ, September 2011. His poem, "September 11, 2001," appeared in International Gallerie: Poetry in Art/Art in Poetry Issue, v13 No.2 (India): 2011. His recent books are Alone with the Terrible Universe (2011), Greatest Hits (2010), Hurricane (2010), Vegetable Love (2009), Vermilion (2006), Infinite Days (2003), Amnesia Tango (1998) and Bodies of Lightning (1995). The Poetry Library ( providing a free access digital library of 20th & 21st century English poetry magazines with the aim of preserving them for the future has included Britt’s work published in Fire (UK) in their project. Britt’s work also appears in the new anthologies, The Robin Hood Book: Poets in Support of the Robin Hood Tax, by Caparison, United Kingdom, 2012, American Poets Against the War, Metropolitan Arts Press, Chicago/Athens/Dublin, 2009 and Vapor transatl├íntico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bi-lingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets, Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Econ├│mica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008. Readings & Presentations: Panel Chair for Poetry Studies & Creative Poetry for the PCA/ACA Conference 2008 in Boston, Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ (2009 & 2012), the WPA Gallery/Ward-Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY (2008), Ultra Violet Studio, Chelsea/NYC (2008 & 2009), White Marsh Library, Baltimore (2011 & 2012), Enoch Pratt Free Library (Canton Branch) Baltimore (2011), Pedestal Magazine Reading at the Writers Center, Bethesda, MD (2012). Alan currently teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University and lives in Reisterstown, Maryland with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, one Bichon Frise and two formerly feral cats. Links:;;;

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