The Lost Art of Corresponding About the Loss of Art:

By Nathan Moore

The self-confidence with which you treat the help mirrors the way

you treat the help, sir.

The deference you give the laundry mirrors the way you treat the

launderer’s sir.

Thousands of years later our drainage system below the beast fights

creates ecstatic experts.

Along with understanding comes the loss of needing to be understood.

Thousands of years later mere men made of maximum market

penetration are mere masks made of men below the beast fights.

C’mon, pull yourself together, hand-in-hand hoof it to the cornerstore

through a seven-acre shadow.

Invariably, Grimace. Abandon the pluck. Duh.

Most prisoners, following thee, badger omnivores.

Overdressed and unnested, Uncle, must you order a schooner?

Inarticulate consumers require market segmentation.

Horse and rider, meeting as meat tenderizer, bounce above

basketweavers buying the farm.

Our survival hinges on expectational fluidity through a series of

unhappy accidents.

In the peppermint-scented haze of our beautiful failure, the hoofless

seek the grimace of some beast on the hoof.

Winky’s wedding cake stands: an inarticulate consumer’s turn-of-the-century solution to the problem of darkness. Listen! Hoof taps on the driveway. There’s no hiding. Alarm Fatigue Committee members recommend non-documented constructive counseling.

The condemned are victims of centripetal acceleration. Uncle, My Grimacey, Oh my Grimace, through the grime, I am your Grimace. Grimacingly, we Grimacers Grimace. Grime? O Grimy Grimace, what? What are coins but an incidence of money? What is coincidence but the Lord’s laziness?

Originally published in the anthology Free Monster Poems About Monsters, 2015.

Nathan Moore’s work has appeared in such journals as Heavy Feather Review and Everyday Genius, and the anthology Ides of March. He lives in Columbus and co-hosts The Poetry Forum.The (with poetry) reading series hosts two writers every other month at House Beer in the Short North Arts District. The authors in this month’s Apostrophes have read for the series. For more information on (with poetry), the schedule, the supporters (of whom there are many), or to see a list of readers (past and upcoming), please visit withpoetryreadingseries.com.

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