July/August 2010

Schwinn

a new poem

by Matthew Zapruder

I hate the phrase “inner life.” My attic hurts,
and I’d like to quit the committee
for naming tornadoes. Do you remember
how easy and sad it was to be young
and defined by our bicycles? My first
was yellow, and though it was no Black
Phantom or Sting-Ray but merely a Varsity,
I loved the afternoon it was suddenly gone,
chasing its apian flash through the neighborhoods
with my father in vain. …

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Matthew Zapruder is the author of American Linden, The Pajamaist (winner of the William Carlos Williams Award), and Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010). Luxbooks recently published a German graphic novel of the poem “The Pajamaist.”

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