Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Episode 19: Casey Clague


Casey Clague is my first featured poet who is local to me here in the Tampa Bay area.  They just completed their MFA in Creative Writing from University of South Florida. Listen to them read a couple of poems and learn more about their future goals and their interest in literary criticism and what they do for the local literary/art community in Tampa.

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Casey Clague holds an MFA from the University of South Florida. They live in Tampa where they cofounded the Read Herring reading series and serve as Assistant Poetry Editor for Sweet: A Literary Confection. Critical and creative work appears or is forthcoming in Action, SpectaclePermafrostGravel; New Writing; and elsewhere. 


Darling, according to physics,
with the air    pulled out

from around
                        our atoms
and the atoms compressed,

we could fit in a sugar cube.
Humanity, I mean.

The skin-bound        
                             divisions of us.
Finally, the closeness

we sought
                    when we pricked  
our fingers     to make blood
                                     
brothers and sisters.           
What we came close to in sex

but even then           
                           were separated
by a silk-thin veil of sweat.

Before entropy sends its tendrils
through          our blank spaces,

crushes down our bodies
in city buses and offices,

let’s draw out            the dead air.  
Forget it like a hymn.
                                     Don’t say:

In that viewless room
we would all just face

the center. What would we do
                        with ourselves?
  




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