Featured Writer: Steven Fortune

THE LAST POET

‘Let’s sing another song boys.

This one has grown old and bitter.’

A presence unraveled

from the leisurely advance

of his dapper strut

like unhurried wine

harnessing its spillage

into the expanse

of a piqued tablecloth

The fedora-crowned epitome

of an eclectic country’s

aptitude for cultivating

menacingly charismatic

citizens of the world

The paper underneath his hand

was sure as feminine

in voluntary thrall

with a fingernail on the border

of reflexive / absorbing the

extension of his empire

like the filles du roi

that warmed the beds of

his ancestor province

The most colloquial donation

to a budding conversation

sprouted aphorisms on

exultant wings of engagement

through a cloud of cigarette

smoke that levitated

on his lips like incense

In his absence

all that resonates is syntax

and mundane matter-of-factness

Coffeehouses cybernate inebriated

chortles like pledges of allegiance

to artificial stimulation

and seduction plays down

to hit-you-ups egged on

by gangsta rappers

The new philosophers

in the riot-shaped stadium of rhyme

© Steven Fortune


14717285_595837613951208_6830070267533702195_nAbout the Author

Steven Fortune has appeared in a number of print and online publications as a writer and contributing editor.  He studied English Literature and History at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the campus arts journal.  His third collection of poems, Sentimental Drift, was recently released, and his works are available on Amazon.

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