My Head is Not a Clown Car

By Brent Goodman

On television:
The sky!

My chair-side book pile
tipped into a spill –

the new stray chews
on buddha’s raised
wooden hand.

Between lives I hope to gain
a fresh perspective on revision.

The heart attack this year
was my first helicopter flight.

Inside my chest
I carried a dark red star
over the trees.


Brent Goodman is the author of The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (2009 Black Lawrence Press). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Puerto Del Sol, Diagram, No Tell Motel, Cimarron Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry East, and elsewhere. He works as an internet creative professional in northern Wisconsin.

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