Bookstore Poem #43. A group of critics is called a storm

Today’s venue was the Redmond branch of the King County Public Library.

Words whipsaw
around the table
crossing and colliding

Turns snake
around other turns
until the tale is a tangle
unreasonable
unrecognizable

The storied life you’ve lived
gets lost in the melee

Forget falling
on your sword
it’s going to take more
to tell this tale
the way we want you to

The story you’re about to hear is true.
The details have been changed to satisfy the critics…

(9 January 2018)