Michael Levell

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after the darn good storm

raised me up

 

I became bigger

than the gap in my expression

 

swept out by the edge

the thunderous moon

 

lifted the green sky

like a tooth slipping

 

from a kicked bag of flour

I spent the whole next day

 

on the unpaved road

so huge and unable to hide

 

my voice cracks in its attempt

 

 

STATIC REHEARSAL

the buzzing net around his head

told him to run

 

it carried a large kaleidoscope

a small facsimile of the moon

 

only seen at the threshold of roads

 

its terrifying hand

reached past its smoldering curtains

 

its cloak of abandoned tires

subtle gestures and hot bright afternoon

 

 

BAD WRONG

as if

 

a child

played matches

 

alone

 

where the forest

meets the road

 

Michael Levell was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana where he began his love of poetry. He spent a short time in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was the host of several poetry venues including the Gypsy Coffee House open mic nights. He received his MFA in Writing and Poetics from Jack Kerouac’s College of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. His work has appeared in Bombay Gin, madeupmovement.com, shampoopoetry.com, the Found Poetry Review, and Birdy among other journals. His first chapbook, Green River Road, was just published by Finishing Line Press. He lives in Denver, Colorado and teaches Composition, Literature and Creative Writing in Aurora, Colorado.