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Poet's Corner

Magnolia (leitmotif)


There’s a corrosive little wake when Queen Latifah flicks her wrist

miasming an omnipresent piano so she can turn her heart back to Eileen & find love in grief

or another day will come.

She conducts a requiem for Sarah McLachlan on her rhinestone-studded iPhone

in reverence of a dead dog on the side of the road until there’s an inferno of grayscale & one can only pray so far.

Sun Ra told me space is the place so I turn the volume up until the ground begins to seism

until this poem starts to autofiction itself

& I can’t quite make out if this song is about grief or America or magnolias.

Jack DeBoyace is a sophomore at Central Bucks East High School and placed 1st Runner-up in the 2024 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year Competition. He is currently assembling the first issue of Bridgework, a literary magazine he founded at his high school.

Poet’s Corner is curated by Bucks County Poet Laureate Emeritus Tom Mallouk and supported by a grant to the Bucks County Herald Foundation made possible by Marv and Dee Ann Woodall.

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