Quincy R. Lehr
was born in Oklahoma City in 1975 and presently lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches college-level history.
His poetry has been published in North America, Europe, and Australia, and he is the associate editor of The Raintown Review
His first collection of poetry, Across the Grid of Streets
, was published by Seven Towers in 2008.
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The bit-part actor takes a hurried drag,
stubs the cigarette with a velvet shoe,
and makes his entrance from stage left to say,
Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them down!
Down with the Capulets! down with the Montagues!
First Citizen’s speech is over. Exeunt.
The scene’s been set. The actor heads backstage
then has a whiskey in the bar next door.
Four acts to go on stage. We know the plot—
the balcony, the swooning, the belated
realization the Citizen was right—
although he’s gone and long since out of costume,
faded into anonymity,
the greater, uncommemorated suffering.