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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Honored Guest

Jason Irwin



Jason Irwin grew up in Dunkirk, NY and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.  Jason's first collection, "Watering the Dead" won the 2006/2007 Transcontinental Poetry Award and was published by Pavement Saw Press. "Some Days It's A Love Story" won the 2005 Slipstream Press Chapbook Prize.  Grey Sparrow staff believe, Jason is someone to follow as an emerging artist whose poetry touches on what matters... with secular humanity and a digital clip.





TRYPTICK


 

WHO ARE WE

so small beneath the stars,

to ever imagine

our cries are heard

amid Heaven’s echoing vaults?

 

AT ASTOR AND LAFAYETTE

a man sings loud for Jesus

while sipping on a bottle.

The sudden darkness blinds me

like the first time I saw the 6 train

blur toward Bleecker.

A million windows;

a million doors.


NIGHT

is geography of bones,

strewn beneath a blister of stars

where a chalk-marked moon hangs

in a haloed haze.


                     Jason Irwin




BURNING




Fireworks exploded in red, white and blue flowers, high above the
Third Street overpass, as we puked our way up Leopard Street, drunk on
Golden Anniversary and onion rings; past the convenience store where
we smashed bottles across the parking lot and rode our bikes in front
of cars. Years later, we’d stand in front of what was left of Dave
Matiban’s house after a Christmas Eve fire took his youngest boy
a
lone tricycle on the sidewalk; the smell of burning; our breath
visible in the cold silence.


                                                                                      

                                                                         Jason Irwin