The Answer (Will Find You) by R.T. Castleberry

after D.C.

The answer will find you.
You won’t like it:
the math of March—Ides and IRS,
the toll of late snow on spring,
barriers of budget and buffoons
as reach precedes grasp.

A kind of mourning sun blurs the horizon.
You make a walk through a sick man’s room,
take his bathrobe to burn,
his Demerol for market value,
stained bed to air beneath
a chestnut tree in Ladbroke Grove.

Writing from Baltimore
Madam DeFarge welcomes your remorse,
prizes each ransacked syllable,
the creation sequence and
the carton of Lucky Strikes.
She remarks, El Tigre weeps at calendar’s turn.
Burroughs and Kesey cleared out of the hotel,
one for Calgary, the other the slums of Senegal.

The random eye tells
the zone to enter, what city beggar to tip.
Someone’s leaving pennies at my door,
dropping dime on your alliance.
The answer will find you.
You won’t like it.
Everything you’ve learned is right.
Everything you know is wrong.

My work has appeared in In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Roanoke Review, Comstock Review, Green Mountains Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and The Alembic, among other journals.

I am a co-founder of the Flying Dutchman Writers Troupe, co-editor/publisher of the poetry magazine Curbside Review, an assistant editor for Lily Poetry Review and Ardent. I was a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee. My work has been featured in the anthologies Travois-An Anthology of Texas Poetry, TimeSlice and The Weight of Addition. My chapbook, Arriving At The Riverside, was published by Finishing Line Press in January, 2010. An e-book, Dialogue and Appetite, was published by Right Hand Pointing in May, 2011.

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