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A Tonalist Poetry Feature

Michael Scharf

Two Poems

Sunday / What Did They Use to Cut Paper in Ancient Rome?



Sunday

All de Chirico. Limp glove.
Vaca.

Moist. Kalt.
Late de Chirico.

Still. Stay in your plaça.
Hang.

Four boys huddled under a scaffold. High.
Exit ramps like ram’s horns.

Stay still. Reap. Contribute carbon.
Toll. Tam. Tap. Toe.

Poll. Poe. Pee.
Pop. Pin.

Clouds like needles. Clouds like explosions.
Like expositions.

Like roses. Like plastic containers.
Like pilots.



Malbecfast of Champions

Punto Pays
2005 says

pay today
Sunday.

Serrano
surrender.

Jenner. Beckham.
Tendulkar.

Tender
Picasso.

Arles
to Tarragona, i.e.

couch
to commode.




Sunday

Woke
with

tris
in my pajamas.




Sunday

You can’t say pilots anymore.

But notice
how you can say roses.




What Did They Use to Cut Paper in Ancient Rome?


A caesars,


which
really troubles


Alfred,
Lord


Tenny
Pump


unquantifiably



to which to wit,


‘razors’

‘barrels’

‘contortions’


confounding liquids



Ok,



Heaviest one-syllable word
in English?


Strengths.



Heaviest rock in English canon?


Badger.


Michael Scharf

Michael Scharf

Michael Scharf’s third collection, For Kid Rock / Total Freedom, was published by Spectacular Books in 2007. He is a volunteer consultant for The Rilum Foundation in Smit, India. He lives in Shillong and in Brooklyn.

 
 
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