Stephen Cramer

Stephen Cramer Poems

1. What We Do 12/13/2003
Best Poem of Stephen Cramer

What We Do

Metallic detonation arced
over Broadway's gulf, & the aluminum
contorts to contain the continuous
syncopation wrecked into its side-

with two feet of pipe
a man's beating a keg till it turns useless
for anything else but to carry
his liquid rhythms. He's drumming

a rim full of dents, angled facets
that pull to themselves
all the sun they can bear before tossing
a tremelo of light off the bricks behind.

Looks around: whatever this sound is
that ricochets the streets is contageous,
less drums than a seasonal quickening
that ...

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