“The Imperfect” by Matthew Klane

Nobody’s favorite nobody
was present
in another poet’s vegetably-privileged,
but literarily-flawed crock pot,

#otd in 2016
while Trumpism
was doing its best “rehearsal” scenes   
for QAnon or whatever
was coming next,
Nobody’s favorite nobody
was sautéing bitterness
like some blah po-biz George Bailey,

the Cold War history class when
Nobody’s favorite nobody
was asking students
to blurb his stupid little
John le Carré novel knockoff
instead of job, job, job,
and the students
were saying, “Dude, c’mon,
we’re not old and weird,”

so they said.
was loving being left the fuck alone
to juxtapose stubborn sounds
and hone my interior
Guy Smiley––
Nobody’s favorite nobody
was reading those poems though
understanding nothing
and having no fun, honestly

Matthew Klane is co-founder of Flim Forum Press. He has an M.A. in Poetics from SUNY Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His books includethe forthcoming Hist (w/ James Belflower, Calamari 2022), Canyons (w/ James Belflower, Flimb Press 2016), Che (Stockport Flats 2013) and (Stockport Flats 2008). An e-chapbook from Of the Day is online at Delete Press, an e-book My is online at Fence Digital, and a chapbook Poetical Sketches is available from The Magnificent Field. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY. See: matthewklane.com.

Image: “YOU AND ME BOTH” by Matthew Klane

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