It’s a wall of nothing, he thinks,
now that he’s curating a show on nothing.
The same kid who sang in the choir,
played with indie-rockers, sits in his apartment
in a conversation with a beer he missed in college.
In the afternoon, light hits his wall, creates a triangle.
He writes about money, love, and Godlessness.
The students come—they have every best intention.
They climb the sides of the state building shouting,
We will run our own university!
They watch La Dolce Vita in their pajamas
and leave neon freezy-pop juice all over the tables.
Meanwhile, she enters in a middle.
It’s long after The Exorcist.
“In a Station” was written in the last century.
Stranger to car design, utilitarian function, she thinks,
Prelude to a Kiss or prelude to this poem.
Ethel Rackin appears at Penn Book
Penn Book Center presents a
different poem here each weekday.
If there is an amazing poem that
you'd like to share, let us know.
Upcoming events in Penn Book Center's 2013 Random Name Poetry Series
(Readings are on Saturdays at 2pm)
May 18: Ethel Rackin and Hassen Saker
June 1: Lynn Levin and Anne-Adele Wight
June 8: Trisha Low, Holly Melgard, and Joey Yearous-Algozin
June 15: Susan M. Schultz and TBA
June 22: Natalie Lyalin and JenMarie Macdonald
July 13: Cecilia Corrigan, K Grossman and Timothy Leonido
July 27: Paul Killebrew and Brennen Lukas
August 10: Toby Altman and TBA