"More Interesting": A Poem by Matthew Cooperman

by Mark Bibbins, Editor

I love the old philosophers

I feel the turn of the earth like heavy traffic

I am not a die-hard sports fan

I love to cut wood

Gender is a fuse that lights the way back

I love to cut wood

When I was a child I believed in a lake in the woods

Somewhere near Salzburg, a lake, fog on a lake…

I am standing there as you are here, holding

A novel about Nazi burials

I have a large library

I am not a fan of Sappho

I am the newly dead

I go to a boat show and buy a dog

The earth, little movement and enormous speed,

So fast was that world bound by gods

I love pocket-knives and old oak

I am not afraid to die

Matthew Cooperman is the author of three chapbooks and four books, most recently the text + image book Imago for the Fallen World (Jaded Ibis, 2013), with Marius Lehene. He teaches poetry at Colorado State University.

We have so many poems. You may contact the editor at poems@theawl.com.