Poem of the Week: Peter Kline

Poem of the Week: Peter Kline

by Sarah V. Schweig on July 7, 2011

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in Poems of the Week,Poetry and Poetics


I’ve got an ugly, but I’ll never tell,
how pretty your please.
I’ve got a screw
tight, and wheels for wheels,
and an *.

I’ve got a real good thing, going,
so pardon my by-
your-leave. A way of opening
ah and putting me
under. Over and out.

I’ve got muscles in there, somewhere.
A tooth that won’t grow in. Spit
whistle, thumper finger,
tin can clang I’m
your one man band.

A memory of lapses. A good cold.
A winterized grin.
My boutique hard-sell soft-core
will pink you in.
It’s rolled-gold bold.

If you want love in a king-size bed
beware my disease:
catchall goodwill
and a right knee jitter.

Peter Kline‘s poetry has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, Poetry, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the 2010 Morton Marr Prize from the Southwest Review, as well as a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. He is currently a guest blogger on the Ploughshares website.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VESWNCL6PGSM6WDGBRJAYMU75M Omar

    Wow… not sure what any of it meant, but I liked it.  My poetry is a little more dark and mysterious.  My poems r on my website: http://www.gateofintrigue.com    Kudos to Peter Kline.

  • Sweetredsoul

    Me too I’m not sure of understanding everything… Can you translate in ITALIAN please?? Lol…

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