Wild Electrons – Poetry by Alan Britt

Kings – Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis

Poem by Alan Britt

(Wild electrons describe César Vallejo—
wild electrons were all he knew.)

~Jacqueline del Valle

Paul, Alan & Richard came to believe
that wild electrons ruled the universe.

But the universe fought back forcing
the trio to reevaluate themselves
inside & out.

One morning wild electrons vaporized
into a murmuration of starlings above
licorice lampposts along Reisterstown Road.

& from that day forward the universe
like a cuttlefish prying open a petrified
scallop shell dismantled their mythologies. 

So, the three men invented, as obtuse humans
are sometimes wont, new mythologies
before going their separate ways.


About the Poet

In August 2015 Alan Britt was invited to Ecuador as part of a cultural exchange of poets between Ecuador and the United States. In 2018 he served as judge for the The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award.His poetry has appeared in Verse Daily and he was interviewed at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem. He has published 17 books of poetry, his latest being Ode to Nothing (bilingual English/Hungarian: 2018) Crossing the Walt Whitman Bridge (bilingual English/Romanian): 2017; Violin Smoke (bilingual English/Hungarian: 2015). A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars he now teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.

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