Jeffrey Bryant

Poet 

Jeffrey is a Writer living in Los Angeles.  He has been published in the L.A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Poetic Diversity Literary Journal and most recently, in the 2016 anthology “Coiled Serpent: The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles,” from Tia Chucha/Northwestern University Press.

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Faith

I don’t think I’ll rise today.
I’m lulled back to dreams
by a sad soft noise 
of every person slipping off the side.

Quietly open every window in hopes we’ll soon be airborne.
Help me keep one breath behind the next.

Once in the air we’ll open a door,

leap into the outstretched hand of a giant,
float into the long deep crevasse of his lifeline,
scratched by calluses giants have.

His fingers will entrap us. After that, it’s up to him.

Jeffrey Bryant

(c)2017

An Affair to Remember

they met in bed 
sautéed in a red wine reduction 
he was nice enough to leave 
his relationship status 
outside with his shoes
unraveling through examined flesh
was the story of how’d you get that, or
what happened to you here, tales 
during tender intermissions
under street light that bursts 
into dark rooms 
through open windows, that
sits and puts its feet up on the furniture 
like lee marvin
by the time they got to the bottom 
of anything, down where seeds take root
they were awed by the breadth 
and depth of their dependence
national park in scope 
more frightening down there than 
on the ledges 
more frightening down there than 
what to say 
after hearing the words I love you

Jeffrey Bryant

(c)2017

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