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50 Barn Poems by Zac Smith

Welcome to 50 Barn Poems by Zac Smith, out now from the eternally badass CLASH BOOKS. 50 Barn Poems is an evocative yet accessible sketch of that old barn that haunts the back of your brain. Vague memories of road trips, skateboarding, the ocean and ping-pong are all reconstructed in the shape of a barn and set on fire. Please enjoy the following excerpt by Zac Smith. He seems like a really nice guy. And get the book right now at CLASH BOOKS.

 

 

BARN POEM 2

barn on the side of the road
built way too close to the shoulder

every three months a car hits it
every three months the sheriff makes the same joke

something about a drunk driver hitting the broadside of a barn
it’s exactly as funny every time, too

 

BARN POEM 13

1.
neverending cemetery
with tiny barns
instead of headstones

at night you might see
one of the barns
hosts a small shining light

2.
barn with no doors –
trapped in a barn box

infinite funeral
upon the hay

3.
underneath the mountains
lurk five million barns
and inside each barn
is five
million
smaller
barns

4.
i open the barn
and it is full of snakes

 

BARN POEM 19

i forget the name of the goat with the long, long tongue and the cleft palette oozing snot 24/7

it must have slept in the barn
but i only remember it prancing around the field, screaming

maybe it never slept
maybe it only pranced and screamed

 

BARN POEM 33

thinking about our beautiful shining future
humanity in repose, tranquil and serene:

o beautiful for halcyon barns
barn to shining barn

the intercontinental barnway
the transatlantic barnline

the great barn of china
the great barrier barn

the space shuttle, but, like, it’s a barn

hell yeah dude
that’s beautiful

 

BARN POEM 48

barn carving a wave instead of nestled on a hill
black surfboard and a lit cigarette

when i was a kid, i had a bowl cut. the barber called it a surfer cut
so of course i thought it was radical

maybe i still do
(or maybe i don’t)

but when i think about barns doing sick ocean stunts
none of them have bowl cuts

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Zac Smith is the author of 50 Barn Poems (CLASH Books, 2019). His stories and poems have appeared in online in places like Hobart, Maudlin House, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, and other cool websites. He lives in Boston, where he likes to walk his dogs.

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