The Topography of Woody Allen
BY KEEGAN LESTER
for Mandy & Lisa
I didn’t go to the parade
because I do not particularly believe
in the power of numbers.
My friends have all left me anyways
and the rain is up against the sky
where I like it. If we continue with what we should,
we all stand to lose
getting naked and swimming in lakes.
Everyone will be doing it then.
They will name it something paradoxical
like natural hibernianism. People will forget
what the word hibernian means,
because they will be too preoccupied
with all the parading of lakes
with flags and their naked bodies.
And no one will think to go out at night
or of moonlight through what is left
of the shuttering aspens.
Keegan Lester is the poetry editor and cofounder of the West Virginia lit journal Souvenir. He is also the co-founder of the Metro Rhythm reading series in Brooklyn, New York. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in CutBank, Barn Owl Review, Sixth Finch, Ilk Journal and Death Hums, among others.