The Old Guitarist

by Jesse Anger

No fraying cup in the frame,
just you, her curvature and blue—

translated to a muted string.
Doubled, you thrum dumbly.

Between the bridge-pin and your chin
her compliment of orange dimmed

by a dust of dead skin,
your bone-fingers round her neck.

The ringing-out that is silence
fills your lobe— cobalt, midnight.

I’ve seen you in the evening station
leaning after a leaving train,

at dawn, cavern-eyed and shaken,
praying, sketched-out and strange,

in the white static swell, coming on—
coloring a brush with death.


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Far Too Close is out of print from The Blasted Tree Store.


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Far Too Close by Jesse Anger is a composite of Blasted Tree originals and previously published work. For information about the publication history of Far Too Close, please read the Acknowledgements (Acknowledgements & Thanks).

ISBN [Digital]: 978-0-9938364-7-3

Cover Design by Kyle Flemmer - Cover Image by Dimitri Castrique