Matt Nagin’s poetry has been published in Antigonish Review, Dash Literary Journal, The Charles Carter, Grain Magazine and Arsenic Lobster amongst other magazines. His first poetry collection, Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight, was released in 2017 and has obtained very strong reviews. More info at mattnagin.com
I sing in the mountains
and on the prairie of wild
desire. I sing from the coffins
and in the legislation bottleneck.
I sing in a universe of malevolent
intensity. I sing like a bandit among
tortured sheep. I sing to defy the
clocks and rescue an angel.
I sing among the barricaded so as
to point the way toward fences
with wings. I sing to a unicorn
confronting the sadness of desire.
I sing to a prisoner rescued by mad
dreams. I sing for us all and for no
one and for the soft tabernacle
of despair and I sing because I am
free and the hawk that dives for the
worm and misses can yet rise again.
© 2018 Matt Nagin