PoetryIssue 20 | May 2014

Two Poems by Laurie Byro

Icarus Plays Atlantic City

When I was no more than ten, my father dressed me up
in feathers.  It wasn’t exotic; we were pragmatic and found woodland
browns and greens, no peacock ravished me, no swan

had his way.  But he told me “without facts there cannot be faith”
and I knew I was gifted.  And so I practice, along with the horses, to dive

off a cliff. I know you have seen that act. Horribly, in the 20’s a girl
was blinded!  For me, it is practice, practice, practice. One day
I will be ready for Carnegie Hall.  In between, I do stand-up.

It is odd to see a man adorned with feathers. Like a cross-dressing
flamingo, hitch-hiking my way across the U.S.A., I do a damned good

Lou Reed.  Moon-fogged after 2 A.M. Dad and I spread feathers around
the room.  Woodpeckers with their polka-dot ties make the best ascots.
Imagine a spread of seahorse pink, moss-green and violet:  smoky

as an angel’s wings.  Some say my sister stepped on an asp (others
that a handful of pills did her in). In the back room she WAS everybody’s

darlin’. Oh, those gold brachile she wore with such grace. Soon I will be ready
to leap with those horses and set those strange angels spinning.  We will
neigh and fly towards a perfect marigold sun,  dive down through fingers of salt.

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About the author

Laurie Byro’s short stories and poetry draw on myth, fairytale and her experiences of foreign places in the years she worked as a travel agent. Published widely in literary journals such as Autumn Sky Poetry, Loch Raven Review, and Stirring, her work has been featured on The Guardian’s online workshop and has placed favorably in the Interboard Poetry Competitions. Laurie is head of circulation at a library in New Jersey where she facilitates a poetry circle.


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Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
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