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Another poem about burning

 William Taylor Jr
 William Taylor Jr
Another poem about burning
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William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across more globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Poesy. An Age of Monsters, his first book of fiction, was published by Epic Rites Press in 2011. To Break the Heart of the Sun (Words Dance, 2016) is his latest collection of poetry. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Acker Award. He has a great and unironic love of both The Incredible Hulk and Olivia Newton-John
Issue 109 · poetry
free verse ·  
Another poem about burning
I had a thing
for the artists
from early on.
rock stars,
I'd read their books
and play their records,
I'd study the way they
held their cigarettes.
I'd sit in my room
with the stereo turned loud
as my parents fought
through the night.
The artists understood
that everything and everyone
was forever on fire,
and the only thing to hope for
was the chance to burn in some way
that nobody else had yet managed
to burn.
From early on I found myself
harnessed with the desire
to commune with the darkness,
to learn its language
and forge it into something
resembling light,
something as pretty
and as useless
as that punk rock song
I'd play again
and again,
even after my dad
banged his fist on the door
and told me to


  1 week ago · in response to Dan Jacoby

    Thanks for reading, good sir.
  1 week ago
I think you capture here the spirit of adolescence, but also the loneliness of it


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