Writers Reading: Christopher Salerno

12:52PM * 9/30/12 * WTHDRWL

In line behind a lady, my automatic distance

(to her, the curb

behind me, the bank parking lot

full of cars)—

we are relearning arrangement

and remainder.

That all remaining choices are either physical

or financial—

the money inside the money alive.

I approach the ATM’s outer shell. Stand there.

It comes up

to my liver. The chambers of the heart

and lungs polish the breath.

I smell the wet wood chips off the path.

Here comes

my old supervisor with hail on his coat.

It’s warmer now, the planet.

We wait for the wonderful machine to cough

up my balance. I want to be

automatically the only one alive.

I notice a large robin

egg on the sidewalk.

Near the building, some tulips open

too wide to go on living.


893094_10151463713033632_1157927176_oChristopher Salerno‘s books of poems include Minimum Heroic, winner of the 2010 Mississippi Review Poetry Series Award, and Whirligig (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006). A chapbook, ATM is available from Horse Less Press. Recent and future poems can be found in journals such as FenceBoston ReviewDenver QuarterlyColorado Review,LITSalt HillVerse DailyAmerican Letters and Commentary, and elsewhere. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University where manages the new journal, Map Literary.

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