Christopher Franke at Cleveland’s Literary Cafe in 2008
[photo by Jesus Crisis]
sits in its forte.
wears a blind.
its stick (its shtick,
or stich); & corn-
seen as its called,
being as it is.
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Poem originally apeared in Paren’s Thesis by Chris Franke
(c) 1997 by Burning Press, Cleveland
#9 in the Cleveland Leaves Series
Reproduced here with the poet’s permission
For a video of Chris Franke’s featured reading during the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour in August 2008, visit http://crisisblog.crisischronicles.com/2008/09/15/deep-cleveland-poetry-15-august-2008-with-christopher-franke.aspx
Christopher Franke is a Cleveland poet, founder of Deciduous Press and author of collections including (but not limited to) Paren’s Thesis, frankeana/miscellangy, Routines, and =5
For more Franke poetry see the Cleveland Poetry Archive, ArtCrimes, The City Poetry 5, and