The hail bruised our backs, the rain, Hart Crane.
Later, in Warren, you were my only friend.
At the gym, under weights, sweat on your skin—
I never said being alone was the end
And never thought it, until I saw Nick Rogers
Weeping at your funeral. I remembered
Hail bruising our backs, the rain, Hart Crane,
Years later, in Warren, you were my only friend.
A wreck without a helmet, twisted body on the pavement.
“Legend”: It is to be learned—/This cleaving
and this burning,/But only by the one who/Spends out himself again.
The hail bruised our backs. The rain. Hart Crane.
Charles Kell is the author of Ishmael Mask, just released from Autumn House Press. His first
collection, Cage of Lit Glass, was chosen by Kimiko Hahn for the 2018 Autumn House Press