Three Poems by Michael Newton

Brooklyn Public Library Presents 
LitFilm: A Film Festival About Writers

Newton Poems Banner

BALLOONS

Filled with hairspray and dog-smoke
and cigarette meat
at the meeting  in the big town-hall
of the small provincial town of
sleep        
               where
scramble
the plans
so thoroughly
laid in the day

that for being dumb strike the heart no less hard
striking the heart for being dumb no less hard
that for being dumb  do no less hard  strike the heart
strike the heart no less hard for being dumb

YOU KNOW HOW IT IS

And we could say, to start things off, that Jagermeister
is about discovery, about conquest, but
right away, we have to clarify the difference
between Jagermeister in the world and
in our talk

I try to remember
the most Jagermeister I had in the world
and the times I had used it during the day
but I can’t hold the definition
I don’t know what Jagermeister is
I feel as if Jagermeister comes from inside me

A LONG LINE BEGAN TO FORM

A long line began to form at the grocery store
I was standing with my gram
and I looked at her and realized who she was
I saw her as this woman
totally separate from me or from grammahood
she wasn’t doing anything
was only waiting patiently
fingering the cover of a magazine
smiling at me
I will never know that woman who she was
she was too firmly grammunist
she drilled grammunism into me
in her quiet way

Michael Newton is a writer and a criminal defense investigator living in New Jersey. He is the author, with Emmalea Russo, of Eternal Apprentice (Doublecross Press, 2016).

One Poem by Emmalea Russo
Gretta Johnson
Related
One Poem by Ben Fama
Ben Fama Poem Banner

I just said I didn’t know / and now you are saying / you aren’t sure I’m cool / that’s cool

Alex Gilvarry and Gabe Hudson 
Gilvarry Hudson Banner

The novelists on Vietnam, Norman Mailer, and the dragon’s perspective.

Jeremy Sigler by Samuel Jablon
Jeremy Sigler Bomb 2

“As writers, we have the tendency to get disgusted by our own filth and start throwing it all away, spraying disinfectant and removing words, instead of using creativity to construct buoyancy.”