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The Topography of Woody Allen


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.



Lester 10

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.