America, a party that
Never stops

The insolent child

Dripped in acrid yellow

This is preceded
By a yawn

A prophetic jeer
Bored of its
Own excess

This is ridiculous
It says, while carrying

“I am not decadent
But I practice

Stumble down
The street
Ask a child
For a light

Passing by pieces
Of dissonance not
Even electronic

“I’m not interested
In the
Interesting things”

Drink your

Stop being stale

About Sean William Lynch
Sean Lynch is a writer and editor who lives in South Philly. Lynch's first book of poems, the city of your mind, was published in 2013 by Whirlwind Press. His second chapbook, Broad Street Line, focusing on politics and public transportation, was published by Moonstone Press in 2016. 100 Haiku is his latest release, also published by Moonstone Press in 2018. Lynch's writing has been featured in numerous publications online and in print, including (parenthetical), Poetry Quarterly, and Tincture Journal.

5 Responses to Invitation/Incantation

  1. Reminds me of a poem by William Carlos Willams I read this past semester.

  2. pembroke5 says:

    Moves well. Quick hits.

    Alexander Marshall

  3. Antara says:

    You do have a way with words. And I love how they are graphic and dark and hit hard. (But then again that might be because I have a morbid mind).
    Also this reminds me of an Anais Mitchell song that I love very, very much – ‘Young Man in America’.

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