Lytton Smith

After the Last Days of the Circus

Da Capo al Fine
to awning and entrance
you […] welcome
repurposed vintage devices.
A fixstitch
in vestments,
Torn gloves, recycling
a globe turning us
toward horizon, applause.
Redstriped, whitestriped,
unrolling, staging a site,
a plausible circuit,
sure habits.
This threshold of without,
this collapse now here
remains. Remembrances.
The adventure from this
into canvas
to awning and entrance

Lytton Smith
“After the Last Days of the Circus” is from The All-Purpose Magical Tent (Nightboat Books, 2009).