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Recorded for Poem-a-Day, July 11, 2017.
About this Poem 

“‘Fatigue Performance’ is from a larger sequence of poems that all share the same title. It is a series that I found myself writing after the inauguration, after becoming a father, after living in this era of media overload.”
—Noah Falck

Fatigue Performance

Tonight the wind is in your voice.
And the gods are nervous
about the drinking water.
Someone hijacks the background
with three simple dance moves.
Or maybe the clouds
paused on the television
set during a ball game.
The silence inside
the photograph
of you eating alone
in an old yearbook.
This is going to be over
before you know it.
But not before your hands
become small birds
in celebration
of the present snow.
An expressed panic
attack of harmonics.
It’s like listening to your heartbeat
in a club, all the lights off,
all by yourself. 

Copyright © 2017 by Noah Falck. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 11, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2017 by Noah Falck. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 11, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Noah Falck

Noah Falck

Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight (BatCat Press, 2012).

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