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Richard Bentley – 1 poem

YOUR CALL IS IMPORTANT TO US

 

 

Certainly you did not phrase it as

“Isochronous access”

That night I first met you in

That most advanced

Antiviral sound terminal.

I lived in it

and so did you.

We were trying to start

something, not end whatever,

as we messaged unmelodiously

from your sound organism

Holding me deftly

in conversation.

Then the enormous, quiet

Alarming device,

So it had to be quite hush

compared to

The squabble of the

Musical background.

When you departed,

We were

sound organisms

and we exchanged

communications concerning

your call is important to us so please hang up.

I wanted to deeply

know you,

your ears were wired to everything,

there were

exchanges, interactions,

Difficulties

with consumer culture

as we discussed

Art, music, and literature,

messaging unmelodiously

from your sound organism, trouble deftly held in conversation.

I was glad to know a transforming electrode-

cryptographic messaging syntax

with you,

with each other,

with God and man,

over and out.

Thursday, then.

How will I know you?

By listening.

 

🍃

 

 

Richard Bentley has published fiction, poetry, and memoir in over 200 journals, magazines and anthologies on three continents. His books, Post-Freudian Dreaming and A General Theory of Desire, are available on Amazon, Powell’s Books, or at www.dickbentley.com. His new book, All Rise, contains recently published stories, poems, and graphic “wall poetry” that has been displayed in art galleries.

He has served on the board of the Modern Poetry Association (now known as the Poetry Foundation). He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He was prizewinner in the Paris Review/Paris Writers Workshop International Fiction Awards. In 2012 and 2013, he gave readings of his poetry at the famous Paris bistro, Au Chat Noir.

Before teaching writing at the University of Massachusetts, he was Chief Planner for the Mayor’s Office of Housing in Boston. He’s a Yale graduate with an MFA from Vermont College.