CITY OF THE AWKWARD MOMENT IN A MUSICAL
BEFORE EVERYONE BURSTS INTO SONG
You feel like a room
of empty folding chairs.
Everybody’s walking parallel,
faster than necessary.
A card table
glows with mason jars;
in each a pigeon beats
as a man, drunk for the first time,
drives a stair car in circles.
You’re pretty sure it’s been 1997
for the past few years.
You put on your favorite
MATT McBRIDE's work has appeared in or is forthcoming form Another Chicago Magazine, Columbia Poetry Review, FENCE, the Pinch, [PANK] and Smartish Pace amongst others. His latest chapbook, Cities Lit by the Light Caught in Photographs, was released in 2012 by H_NGM_N Books.