Trapeze Artists – Georgia Park

My latest poem for Sudden Denouement about the circus and falling in love.

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Trapeze Artists – Georgia Park (Private Bad Thoughts/Whisper and the Roar)

The contouring bodies
of artists intertwine
chins lifted to look up
spinning rapidly
towards each other
reaching, being picked
up so completely
It makes me want to
fall in love again
the smell of whiskey
on the people

around me-
the artists

wrap their bodies
in the gauze

that’s lifting them
it looks like

bandages
but then,
they turn it
into a swing
it lifts them,
they’re reaching
and touching
and the people,
they love it
and the artists
are so thin I can’t
tell if they’re men
or women
then they go limp
and pile like
dead bodies
while me,

I drink my own
whiskey

[Georgia Park is creator of Private Bad Thoughts, curator of Whisper and the Roar a feminist literary collective, and a writer for Sudden Denouement. She is a wonderful poet with an enormous…

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5 thoughts on “Trapeze Artists – Georgia Park

  1. This style is much like my own, if I daresay! I love how you always break the lines up at just the right nuance. I have been working on this style only since October believe it or not. Almost all of my poetry pre-2016 was rhymed. I am learning to “hear” myself, and that helps me to break up the words on the page. For many, many years, I never understood this style of poetry. Now I get it!!

    1. Great progress, great news! Have you ever tried a writing group? They can be awesome or horrible-once you get out, you should give it a shot 🙂

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