FRIDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: PAUL LEGAULT


OLD PEOPLE WHO DON’T EXIST
by Paul Legault

Nevertheless she wouldn’t
let down her hair.

HAIR: I am an extension of the dead.
EMPRESS: Light it up, light it down.
PAPA: Things don’t always matter.
THE SUN: No, things don’t.

Do something small and yellow, Nebraska. Nebraska,
inaugurate Arbor Day

by blowing, in summer, on my teenage ear.
CELIBACY: There is a pine tree.

PINE: I am your neighbor.
BOY: Boy, I’m going somewhere

where there’s a distance
out of a distance—that we had that we lost somewhere.

(“Old People Who Don’t Exist” is reprinted here today with permission from the poet. Poem also appeared in Birdsong and is featured in the poet’s upcoming book, The Other Poems, out from Fence this fall.)

Paul Legault was born in Ontario and raised in Tennessee. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and a B.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. His poems have been published in Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, FIELD, and other journals. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the translation press Telephone Books. His first book, The Madeleine Poems, was published by Omnidawn in 2010. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his husband.

Want to read more by and about Paul Legault?
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Pic by Billy Merrell

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3 Responses to FRIDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: PAUL LEGAULT

  1. avitalmalka says:

    “Her hair, by now the color of leaves…”

    -Marie Howe, “The Girl.”

    Bravo.

  2. Sivan Butler-Rotholz says:

    A quirky poem that reminds me of playing with dolls as a child and the worlds of my own I would make up. Also I love his shayna punim, and that you have found yet another fabulous gay poet living here in the NYC metro. I know you emailed me about him once. I have some homework to do!

  3. Nicolas Destino says:

    In a word, lovely.

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