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Matt Hart

from Sermons and Lectures both Blank and Relentless

Deathstar to rock star     Both blank and relentless
I love in my basement     I live in my sky

But I hate the way I treat you when we're bored
and ever clever     The billionaire in Chile
spent his way into this lecture     Satanic in the grasses
with my daughter's white ball, so I called

the village elders, but they had to come in pieces
You should've seen me playing wolf and then yelling
for a saw     Jigsaw puzzle puzzling

I swung my neck and hit the window     One does
what one has to, but someone else is more

meadow     Someone else is more deliberate,
though deliberate's not her nature     What we should be
and call ourselves is how to burn a concert down     is

open ended battery     is drawing on paper
engorged with massive parties     This is not only a test

To feel like Aphrodite with 900 arms     Or a Phoenix
with a flashlight falling off of the horizon     The beast
is always more, and the more is always best     I hear it

in rotation with its screechy beatific     I'd hoped to be
oracular, but wound up academic, worked my way
through Spring and All, a forest thickly measured,

but found us both out upside down, the hymnal
like a pheasant     It was weird, and you were there,
a light and winged thing     A cloud filled donut

or a singer pretty vacant     Revolution but a figure
of amplified speech

Matt Hart is the author of the poetry collections Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and Wolf Face (H_NGM_N BKS 2010). A third full length collection, Light-Headed, will be published by BlazeVOX in the spring of 2011, and a fourth collection Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless will be published by Typecast in 2012. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.