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Dreamscapes

A poem by Impolite favourite Amy Barone

 

Blurred distances

Haunted by once familiar places.

New York has become a maze I can no longer navigate.

Rome is now a short train ride away.

 

Distorted time

People long forgotten play poignant roles on this stage.

They are integral to the stories, more familiar than they ever were before.

I wonder why I never saw them in this light.

 

Fleeting encounters

The unexpected is a tonic.

It melts away the mundane remnants of recent memories.

Exhilarated, I long to stay.

 

Altered state

I pledge to return and continue the drama,

of love gone right and travels around the world,

baggage-free, unplanned, weightless.

 

Photo used with permission. Credit (c) Jonathan Kilpatrick

Amy Barone

About the Writer

Amy Barone’s new poetry collection, We Became Summer, from New York Quarterly Books, will be released in early 2018. She wrote chapbooks Kamikaze Dance (Finishing Line Press) and Views from the Driveway (Foothills Publishing). Her poetry has appeared in Café Review, Gradiva, Paterson Literary Review, Sensitive Skin, and Standpoint (UK), among other publications and anthologies. She spent five years as Italian correspondent in Milan for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Barone participates at spoken-word events in New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. A native of Bryn Mawr, PA, Barone lives in New York City.

 

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