Tom Dreitlein is a poet from Rochester, NY. He is the author of the chapbook Map. (CWP Collective Press, 2017), and currently works as a Teaching Artist at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. He wants to talk to you about poetry and other things you can scream along to in your friend’s basement.
1 poem by Tom Dreitlein
Boy Sits in the Stones He’s Been Given by the Ocean
Family is a white bird stuck on the strings of his stomach.
It jerks the curve of his back
and asks him to heave again.
Another night of history lessons.
His fingers scrape to the nightstand
and grab his birth certificate.
he reaches in himself and plucks the feathers of the wings
rolls them tight and lights them
He looks up
and the quarry is splitting slowly
each draw pulls the cracks through.
They are on his skin.
They are creeping up his whittled spine.
The cracks spread into his pupils
and all the pillars slumping into the sea
He can see now
each tradition is its own brittle prison.
His skull splits
chips scraping against his scalp before they fall.
Boy loves the dust this brings.
How his past built him here.
How it will crumble him all the same.