April 12, 2015
In other news a peace has broken off

I mishear on the radio

toaster instead of ouster and dream

a tinker governing the land

just as my book is putting me to sleep.


In overalls he fixes something once

he’s taken it apart and laid it out.

A constellation on a blanket

in the bed of a crew cab truck.


Springs and cogs and wingnuts

speak to him, purposeless unless

part of a great exploded schematic.

No one wants to be a part left over.


Singular, non-moving parts

that do not fit or are missing now

the toaster is toasting again.

My old gray tome of Eskimo poems


is a manual for how to catch fish

but one has to live like them

to understand the many steps.

I still want to know


why everything finally fits

inside a shell too tight for god.

Only things that work go in there.

A smaller screwdriver is required


but experience with tabs and slots

is what repairs all appliances.

I think the newsman meant alliances

and stabs and plots and despair.


The book falls off me to the floor.


I lose my place.


–Tony Brewer (Monroe County)

This poem previously appeared in the author’s Hot Type Cold Read, Chatterhouse Press, 2013.


Tony Brewer

Tony Brewer lives in Bloomington and has been a book compositor at Indiana University Press for over 15 years. He is chair of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival, as well as a renowned live sound effects artist. His latest book is Hot Type Cold Read (Chatterhouse Press, 2013).

Indiana Humanities is celebrating National Poetry Month by sharing a poem from an Indiana poet every day in April (hand-selected by Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras). Check in daily to see who is featured next!

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