Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Chaos is the New Calm



Chaos is the new calm
violence the new balm
to be spread on lips
unused to a kiss.

Left is the new right
as I brace for a fight
with a man who stands
on his remaining hand.

Fetid harbor harbor me
until someone is free
to drive me away
from what happened today.

Don't strand me standing here.
If you leave, leave beer.


— Wyn Cooper


Wyn Cooper has published four books of poems including his latest — Chaos is the New Calm (BOA Editions, 2010). In 1993, Fun, a poem from his first book; The Country of Here Below (Ahsahta Press, 1987), was turned into Sheryl Crow’s Grammy-winning song All I Wanna Do.

Wyn will be reading at the Burlington Book Festival in Vermont on September 26, 2010. For more information on Wyn's life and poetry please visit www.wyncooper.com. Chaos is the New Calm is reprinted here with the permission of the author.