Excitement. Poems by Gary Barwin

Woodpeckers and TV


we make the forests

but they suck


woodpeckers do not suck 

woodpeckers have no forests


there is no TV for woodpeckers 

they know the forests suck


the woodpeckers are darling 

they do not suck


there is no TV for woodpeckers 

we avoid the forests


during firelight

and with little darlings


but they still suck

the woodpeckers do not suck 


at least

they do not suck as much


What is it?


hare lip

potato head


sleeping dog face

turned round twice


I saw explicit photographs

from the 1890s





ants or

dwarf stars


I walk through the city

on postage stamp legs


the city walks 

on its basements





seeks electron

interested in


small things

hopes this winter


is the last

sad thing


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Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and the author of 18 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for kids. His latest book is the short fiction collection, I, Dr Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457 (Anvil Press).

Other books include the poetry collection, Moon Baboon Canoe,and the visual poetry collection, The Wild and Unfathomable AlwaysSonosyntactics: Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton, due later this summer from Laurier University Press, and Yiddish for Pirates, a novel coming out next year from Random House.

He was 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence at Western University and teaches creative writing at King’s University College. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario and at garybarwin.com and serifofnottingham.blogspot.com. For one long strange summer, he and Kurt Cobain shared a shoe size.


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