2011 spring poetry poem

by Kent Leatham

so that it speaks
it must
it must speak that music

it muses
it must speak
it sews speech
it muses

muss it
such music
it must muse
such peaches

amuse it
its isthmus is music
such beaches

must it be
that speech is
this music
it reaches

it teaches
its muscles
to muss up the music

it muses
it must speak that music
it reaches

such peaks of
such music
such musing
such peaches

so it amuses
so it amazes

seek it in speeches
muster the sages

sew up the music
sew in the pages

so it amazes

so that it speaks

About the Author

Kent Leatham was born and raised in central California and is currently an expatriate living in Boston, MA. He serves as poetry editor for Black Lawrence Press, and his work has appeared in journals such as Zoland, Artifice, Oranges & Sardines, the Bellevue Literary Review, Softblow, Gambol, Breadcrumb Scabs, and The Battered Suitcase.

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creative nonfiction, poetry, and mixed media artwork wander the paths of human experience. A nonprofit literary journal conceived
and operated by former Rowan University graduate students, 322 Review is based in Southern New Jersey.