Nicole Yurcaba, four poems

September 1, 2017

Reading The Fountainhead While Fishing

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.—Ayn Rand

another           architect

 

                         blows

 

boulders

 

            the rock’s                    weight                shifts

 

sifting                         soil

 

           the water

Greco-Roman

 

                       murderous   copy


of        what


came


before

 

 

 

 

They Said Our Friendship Couldn’t

I.
Joachim Witt & Peter Heppner
Tom Petty & Heartbreaker
Bettie Page & Playboy
Black & Leather
Gibbs & Abby & Ducky

II.
(someone’s
removing the Bob Seger CD
from the stereo) (someone’s
shredding our Bettie Page
stationery) (someone’s using
“special methods") (I, too, remember
Stalin’s Reign of Terror) (someone’s
blacklisting our names) (someone’s
demolishing your Wagner and Prokofiev
albums) (You, too, feast upon “Ritt der Walkuren”
and “Dance of the Knights”) (shhh, I hear them
coming; they’ll destroy us if we let them) (shhh,
shut up. I won’t give them information)

III.
outside the bar
from a corner telephone booth
somewhere someone snaps
black-and-white photos.

we exit
passing change
between us.

 

 

Slave to the Metal

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Like me who have no love…--Tennyson


two Tennyson lines
purple gothic script
her creamy shoulder
an auburn curl
sweeping a corset’s
bridling

 

 

 

 

Under a Sex Pistols Sky

quarter after eight

              words from exhaustion

                          pen strokes that were sewer lines

              arrogant and rude

i wander

           the end

           a hotel room

           one night

i am left

 

 

Nicole Yurcaba is a Ukrainian-American writer, an internationally-recognized poet, and an English instructor at Bridgewater College. She has been published in venues such as The Atlanta Review, The Bluestone Review, Philomathean, Midway. Still, The Tishman Review, VoxPoetica, and many others. Yurcaba is also the 2nd place winner of Australia's Sans Frontieres Hemingway Contest and a finalist for Salem College's International Poetry Rita Dove Award.

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