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“‘Poem to Play’ operates within what might be described as flash: not necessarily insight, but a moment of unexpected alternative, or alternation—a suddenly-something-else across your vision or feeling screen. Technology gives one analogue for this phenomenon, memory another.”
Hannah Brooks-Motl

Poem to Play

It continued to haunt, in its electro-stripes and


late your saying intervened, adding blue


to the triangle like a screen. This


system which couldn’t echo and failed to


orient the true barrier. A long thin line


from their penultimate year


or the pavilion they’re casting around.

Copyright © 2015 by Hannah Brooks-Motl. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on August 12, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2015 by Hannah Brooks-Motl. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on August 12, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

Hannah Brooks Motl

Hannah Brooks-Motl

Hannah Brooks-Motl is the author of The New Years (Rescue Press, 2014). She lives in Chicago.