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Leonard Gontarek is the author of five books of poems: St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris, Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen for Beginners, Déjà Vu Diner, and He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs (Hanging Loose Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Field, Poet Lore, Verse, Exquisite Corpse, Poetry Northwest, and in the anthologies, The Best American Poetry, The Working Poet, and Joyful Noise: American Spiritual Poetry. He has received two Pennsylvania Arts Council Poetry Fellowships and was the 2011 Philadelphia Literary Death Match Champion. He hosts the Green Line Café Reading and Interview Series.

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Dark falling in stacks of hay at end of the world.


Hour of the bumper sticker: I Brake For Centaurs.
Hour of what it must be like to live in a great house with willowware
& the rush of the Hudson & be misunderstood.
Hour of Academics Dissecting Bob Dylan At NY Conference.
Hour of objects in mirror closer than they appear.
Hour of it will be good, the trees at dusk will be good.
Hour of the coat hung in the light.
Hour of I’m on the roof to be away from my demons.
Hour of pines burning in darkness.
Hour of I’m trying to turn thinking into a maze to lose myself in.
Hour of the columns of the porch are shadow.
Hour of strange thing is, dog of my barking heart afloat in foot of light,


beautiful light.

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