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O Tired Love it’s easy to see the wire that connects

Brandon Jordan Brown 

melody and mystery is short How inspiration quickens
the felted hammers in the formless void
Let’s rename the beginning of recorded history
The First Important Piano Poem a dirge of grace
pulled from between firmament and kelp And I am a candle
on the glossy lid    my eyes closed while all your present houseguests
chatter in the hallway and throw bread at the lake
O look at you being virtuosic at everything you do
You’ve got my wax my wick thumbs heavy as bricks
and a tuning fork threading poise across the acres between your ears
Teeth like a row of grain silos and a thick heel thudding
with the steadiness of a metronome Your suspenders
are wide as closet doors! At night when daylight is
tucked up to its chin in exhaustion and quilts strike
a match on your zipper    Take it to my head    even though I am only
worth my weight in wind My best efforts unreasonably dim
The slow foxtrot you push out

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soft and assembled by ear as the bench creaks at its corners
lending weight to the song O what is the chord that makes
creation go backwards like beautiful scarves
sucked into a trunk Is there another that causes the lid to close
And when will you know to play them I’m only wondering
Are you able to dream your rehearsals in reverse
















Brandon Jordan Brown is a 2014 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, winner of the 2016 Orison Anthology Poetry Prize, a scholarship recipient from The Sun, and a former PEN in the Community poetry instructor. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in RHINO Poetry, Sycamore Review, Yemassee, The Journal, Forklift, Ohio and elsewhere. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Moss is a journal of writing from the Pacific Northwest. Published annually in print, Moss is dedicated to exploring the intersection of place and creative expression, while exposing the region’s outstanding writers to a broad audience of readers, critics, and publishers.

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