Poem by Chris Fox


 

Time Travel Love Poems

The voicemail I left you
sounds like molten gibberish, I know.
Just: find a way to play it backwards
and listen.
Everything has changed.
This time, I dreamt we met at a house show.
Between bands, you told me how
some distant ancestor of yours
was the first person to ever be photographed
with a broken arm.
I want you to know
in real, waking life, I tracked
that photo down in an old library book.
Someone had written “blue feather”
in the margins.
That explains, I think, the references
in the alternate timelines:
Jacques Cousteau of the Sky
inscribed on a tombstone,
rumors of a dirigible Atlantis
(your favorite myth)
concealed within cumulous clouds.

We’re like characters in a novel:
our backstory won’t arrive
until several chapters in.
We struggle to remember forwards.
The past hasn’t happened yet.

Present day: I’m finally boarding the plane.
My sole piece of carry-on luggage
is a backpack containing a Ouija board.
I store it directly above me in the overhead compartment,
a rectangular halo
or letter to be opened only after my death.
Fifty years ago, you fly a novelty kite
shaped like a giant planchette,
squinting to spell out your question against the sky.
Leave a message.

 

Chris Fox is a stand-up comedian and librarian currently based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. His poetry has appeared in Blink, Rosebud, Wavelength, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Treehouse Magazine, and many others.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS), two Pollock-Krasner grants, two Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. in 2017 & 2018 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA artist-in-residence grant.

 

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