Vallum: Contemporary Poetry

Vallum Poem of the Week: “Cute Bear” by David Bradford

Advertisements

Cute Bear

Rock darned
……….to singsong
the elements

………out my pocket
…..the ghosts too many
………….in the quiet

too quick before
…..our bedtime     followed
……..by robots of the night

This is your prone breath
…..in the first heat wave
………….so sticky

…..with no touching I’m
obbligato and      chill
…..cute bear mauling

cottage piano     Esther Perel
……..real live couple’s therapist
…..charming a hole in my hand

Stroke sheet blatto
to that deep I’ll never be safe
    here just existing    I hate

my dad was right
…..place      and sorry
for your face right then

Your thumb on my lip
…..so done with me
………for the night

…..and sweet as saltfish

David Bradford is a poet and editor, and an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. He is the author of Nell Zink Is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and Call Out (knife | fork | book, 2017). His work has appeared in Lemon Hound, Prairie Fire, Poetry Is Dead, Lune Noire, Faded Out, Toronto Lit Up’s The Unpublished City, and others. He splits his time between Toronto and Montreal.

To view other poems published in this issue please visit Vallum’s website.

Vallum magazine is also available in digital format. Featuring additional content such as: AUDIO and VIDEO recordings of selected poets, further poems, interviews, essays, and MORE!

Download the FREE APP and FREE SAMPLE EDITION for your tablet, kindle or smartphone through PocketMags OR iTunes.

Advertisements

Advertisements