Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Novelty Shop By Duane Niatum

More grotesque than a row of laundromats,
A haze of pawn shops,
Novel shopkeepers pun Seattle
like skid row. Outside the entrance
A cigar-store Indian, with the entombed
stare of a museum sculpture,
Draws the tourists from the East
Into the damp shop of seashore ornaments
For manufactured bores. With the forests
Serenity of a shaman, the black eyes
of a shaker, Eagle Runner
Abandons the city of red rain, and dives
Into the sea at the end of the pier.

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