MATT McBRIDE - City of the Awkward Moment in a Musical before Eeveryone Bursts into Song

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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.

Exit planes.

Tape hiss.

Many heavy-possibles.

You put on your favorite
person face.
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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.
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from The Studded Belt Phenomenon, released June 28, 2015

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In 1989 Meg Ryan immortalized herself as Sally Albright.
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