Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight (BatCat Press, 2012), and several chapbooks including Celebrity Dream Poems (Poor Claudia, 2013) &Life As A Crossword Puzzle (Open Thread, 2009). Recent work has appeared or will appear in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, &Poets.org. He lives in Buffalo, NY, where he works as education director at Just Buffalo Literary Center. noahfalck.org

2 poems by Noah Falck

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for Brian & Gregg

There aren’t words

yet invented to say

what I want to say.
I want to say something

 

like how the inside of a baseball

feels when it punches a batter

 

hard in the thigh as a form

of respect. Something like

 

wine in the mouth, on the teeth

at a party where everyone

 

is a child again

playing with matches,

 

with fireworks

inside all their mouths.

 

Or rather something like

the face of a horse

 

burned into the mind 

so when you close your eyes

 

at night you become

a memorial of beauty,

 

a memorial to whatever

happens next. 
 

MOUTHFULS OF NIAGARA

 

The tautness of a rope

holds together old friends,

continents, the world. Mist

kisses tourists in a summer

of blondes and brunettes,

a summer of war on war.

All the foreign sounds

become tiny abstract paintings

in a child’s notebook.

No one is going to hell.

Everything is fine

and out of season

(so to speak). The Falls

rush by as if to say

we are always a work

in progress, a joyful deterioration.

Mist kisses tourists evenly

under a closed sky

we mark these words.