Inanimate by Michael N. Thompson

If reincarnation exists
as inanimate objects,
I’d choose to be the AM radio
in Raymond Carver’s Ford Falcon

Specifically, during his time
in Iowa City with John Cheever
when they’d make liquor runs
before teaching a class

Inebriated conversations
about girls and books
are bound to hold more interest
than most paperback novels

The radiator in Bukowski’s house
during the Linda King years
would also be enlightening
if only to find out
which one of them lied

Witnessing the boiling point
between acclaim and madness
as a button on Kerouac’s jacket
might fill in some blanks

A zipper on one of Marilyn’s dresses
sounds more likely though

Unlocking the mysteries
of how she died
and the Kennedys
is too tempting to resist

michael-n-thompson
Michael N. Thompson likes bacon, fantasy football and Doctor Who. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals including Word Riot, Toronto Quarterly and San Pedro River Review. He is the author of four poetry collections. His fifth, Days Of Swine And Roses, will be released through University Of Hell Press in 2017. Michael is currently at work on a crime fiction novel. http://www.michaelnthompson.com
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