“Poem Excluding Air Quotes”

A Poem by Noah Falck

August 27, 2020  By Noah Falck

Start with how your father died.
In the hospital, his legs
couldn’t even whisper beneath
the thin sheets. You sat in a plastic
chair and took in a view of the parking
garage. The hallway was busy
with the occasional sound of toddlers
chasing balloons, of nurses, fake smiles.
You decorated his bedside with a get-
well card from an ex-wife, a tall glass
of ice water. When he passed, you
wondered how many people
had died in this room,
on this bed,
at this time of night
when the darkness was making
a meal of the world.


exclusions, noah falck

Excerpted from Exclusions by Noah Falck. Copyright © 2020. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Tupelo Press. 

Noah Falck
Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight, You Are In Nearly Every Future, and Exclusions. His work appears in Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, Conduit, Ploughshares, and Poets.org. In addition to curating the Silo City Reading Series, he works as education director at the not-for-profit Just Buffalo Literary Center.

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