Two Poems by Matt Dennison

Apr 20th, 2016 | By | Category: Poetry


Never buy a single onion if you live alone.
For unless you are greatly skilled
in the art of onion management,
at some point you will end up
with less than half an onion
on a little plate
on the middle shelf
of a nearly-empty fridge,
it’s pitiful, withered, stem
looking like the sliced-off
top of a monkey skull
salvaged from the garbage
of a monkey-brain-eating restaurant
and no one should have to see that,
alone, at 3 a.m.


After years
of considering
every other
the only
I can think of
to explain
his surly
foul aroma,
refusal or
honest inability
to pay attention,
cooperate or
do right in any
regard is that
the boy sitting
next to me on that
curious first day
of kindergarten
was severely


Defenestration-Matt DennisonAfter a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans (street musician, psych-tech, riverboat something-or-other, door-to-door poetry peddler, etc.), Matt Dennison’s work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made videos  with poetry videographers Michael Dickes, Swoon, and Marie Craven.

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