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.
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