Two Poems by Matthew Donne

ad for soap and actual soap

I look out at the yellowing wingtips.
It was a good house, built on advertising money.
Future heart donor, the door opening
with a wistful strangeness. The flip book
of clients, a switching out, money
for heart money, George Washington’s heart’s face.
The distinctiveness digs its own face
into the light show of faces in light. He had
known a fair amount on why people travel,
for an airplane ad campaign. People like
moving around, without a Spanish veil.
To be seen above the water, they said,
part of the shuddering machine. Stillness
still contains movement depending on definition
of stillness. Lower Manhattan’s jaunted
face carved in the maroon architecture
of a bar maiden’s. Me twirling downward
in hardening alabaster sunlight, dizzy,
above an abstracted territory. San Francisco
meant nothing yet, though it would.

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we can survive on low lying fruit and names

There is no word in the sky
Actually there is one
A phrase on a tiny white bi-plane
Nothing happened it was announced
eventually in the colonies while
walking around post-theoretically
The kicked curb became simultaneous
with the “kicked curb” of notebook—
A bag of cocaine lost in the flour factory.
No need to overdraw most days.
Just doing the mid-morning saunter.
But I’ll fasten you to the sublime instance
of coffee mist weaving around
the antlers on my fridge
and I’ll join you to this sublimity by email.
You are your father’s daughter
Beam of light interspersed with dust
Honey, no need for the chocolate angst
of linguists—Our love mimics oddly
the grammar of snowfall

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matthew Donne Matthew Donne

Matthew Donne currently lives in Montreal, where he’s finishing up an economics degree at McGill University. He lives in an apartment that looks like a hunting lodge. It has a full-sized set of antlers, and a coffee table made of four empty six packs and a window pane.

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