Torn Light

Leonard Gontarek

If the world smells like rain in the morning
and it does not rain.
Nothing latches on to almost everything.

In the morning, the birds settle like soft taps
of erasers on blackboards.
The chalk breaks and skreaks.

Leonard Gontarek’s recent books are Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket, Shiva (Hanging Loose Press, 2016) and He Looked Beyond My Faults And Saw My Needs (Hanging Loose Press, 2013). In 2015, his poem "37 Photos From The Bridge" was a Poetry winner for the Big Bridges MotionPoems project and the basis for the award-winning film Fourteen Photos from the Bridge sponsored by MotionPoems and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.


  1. Carol Ciavonne says


  2. Great read. Loved tgat first line.

  3. Charles Carr says

    What could happen to us if we allowed our senses these precious moments on the outskirts of time?

  4. What a treat for the senses! This former teacher would have loved to have those birds in her classroom.

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