To Burn the Night

Christopher Morgan

from “Two Young Lovers”

It takes

This   all day
low point

ignore the hate
he paid for it

the money   extravagant
his language

I   see
the man
and walk
down   toward   him.

I have
come back
to burn the   night

the work
won’t be safe for
the children

I’m sorry   Listen.
this mess is
the only home I’ve ever had

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An erasure poem using Nancy Roberts' novel Georgia Ghosts (John F. Blair Publications, 1997)

Christopher Morgan is a Lebanese American prose poet who grew up in Detroit, the Bible Belt of Georgia, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he currently lives and co-manages Nostrovia! Press. The author of two chapbooks, Shadow Songs (Sad Spell Press, 2015) and Fables with Fangs (Ghost City Press, 2016), his poetry has been published at Gargoyle, A cappella Zoo, Voicemail Poems, Yellow Chair Review and Fruita Pulp, among others. He loves hiking in the redwoods and happy hour margaritas.

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