No World Safe Enough — Three Poems by Glen Armstrong
November 26, 2019
All the way from the Great Lakes State, Glen Armstrong brings our readers three poems that dig deep into the quotidian to retrieve a depth that often times goes unnoticed. Armstrong employs the power of the verse to unveil the magic of the everyday. In his own words, the poet introduces his work as "selections from a series of poems that attempt to mine magic from the mundane. They take place in the here and now, but search for primal human experiences in the bric-a-brac of pop culture and modern life." Our Kashmiri and international readers will be delighted to know that Glen Armstrong was the late poet Agha Shahid Ali's student at one point and now teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. His book of prose poems, "Invisible Histories," is forthcoming.


I’m afraid when the wind blows,
and children jump over debris.

Hats visit other planets.

and glass pears
voice their final wishes.

I’m afraid when the mayor’s wife
taps her Ouija Board

as if spirits
shaped like plastic bags

might want to whisk her off
to Chicago,

as if no wish is final,
no world safe enough.



I feed pigeons in Tomorrow

and I’m asked to relocate
by a “cast member”

who claims it breaks the mood.

The future is a feeling
doled from chromed dispensers.

I fear my brown shoes
will be taken

from me.



I’ll eventually just refer
to everyone as “Swee’Pea,”

even myself.
I’ll call all liquids “thinner.”
As I wait for times

of indiscretion and lesser

I’ll call anything that toots
its own horn a singer
of love songs.

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Glen Armstrong

Glen Armstrong (he/him) holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters. He has three current books of poems: Invisible Histories, The New Vaudeville, and Midsummer. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit, and The Cream City Review.