Bumbershoot
Umbrella’s lighter offshoot


Clay Stockton

lives in California.

His poems have appeared in print and online venues based in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.




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The Lyric “I” [So-and-so’s] poetic practice best exemplifies the modern poet's realization
that the “I” does not exist, after all . . .
 

Haven’t you heard?
I is no more!
There’s less of you,
Too, than before.

Could we two make
One author whole,
Like four hands playing
“Heart and Soul”?

Fat chance of that.
We is disguise,
Beneath which hides
Multiple I’s.

Well, what of they,
Whoever they be?
Sorry, they’re just
A distant we.

No one to write,
Let alone read—
Yet one hand claps,
One must concede.

Where is the tell-tale
Signature?
Down in the margin—
Only a blur.

If not we two,
Who’s writing now?
Perhaps my laptop,
Though God knows how.