POETRY


 

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Poetry by RICKY GARNI

 

GREG

Someday we must go skeet shooting
at dawn or to the Waffle House
at dawn. The point is – someday, 
at dawn, you and I, Greg, we must
do something.

THERAPY

I feel slow and sluggish and not
          very capable,

          except when I am
                 watching Gene Hackman

     on TV,

           driving what should be

                     a slow car,
                                           fast

ASKING FOR A TRANSFER

Listening to Herbie Hancock speak 
made me a better piano player today
and I only listened to him for ten 
minutes and he didn’t play a note 
but he did say “I can’t be you –
you must be you.” I thought about
that for a moment and realized: 
that’s true. I then proceeded to 
play a tune just like Chick Corea
because that’s the kind of person
I would like to be when I am me.

GRAMMAR WORLD

I was going to say that she flew through the world 
like an exclamation mark, but I didn’t because she
would not have liked that, now that she is no longer
flying. Now she is somewhere like this but different,
and beautiful, designing question marks for children.


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Ricky Garni is the author of The Eternal Journals of Crispy Flotilla, My Favorite Fifteen Presidents, O-Polanski, and A Concerned Party Meets A Person of Interest, which will be released Fall 2019. He works in Carrboro, North Carolina as a graphic designer for a wine company.

Be sure to check out this exclusive interview with Ricky on the Orson’s Publishing blog.