When brought on stage the caged animal is fretful and clearly frightened. It alternates between running for cover (there is none) and freezing in place. Both attempts at becoming invisible. Both futile. Both methods I've tried in similar circumstances. Santo is posed with an impossible question. Which way will the drama unfold? Will he free it into the audience and let it run its course? Will he kill it on stage, thus completing the story in another way? Will he leave it outside the spotlight like an unasked question, then try to divert our attention to less significant things, to fakes? A swell in the musical accompaniment, perhaps, or a gesture forward, towards some other as yet unanticipated action?
R. S. ARMSTRONG is an artist and writer based in New York City and Ghent, Belgium. The manuscript from which these poems come, Phrasebook for the Unrequited Country, was a semifinalist for both the Walt Whitman Award and the Beatrice Hawley Award in 2009. Other poems from the book have appeared in Salamander, Post Road, the Seneca Review, and AgniOnline, among others.
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|Title Annotation:||two poems|
|Author:||Armstrong, R.S. (American writer)|
|Publication:||The American Poetry Review|
|Date:||May 1, 2012|
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