The Swan Shepherd
softly bends to Juliette.

The cigarette brings George Trakl
to the window.

In the next life, she
leaves me
for an abandoned movie

Go figure.

mirror. Johny
writes three poems
on a graveyard

breeze, as a casket of stars,
writes back.


Michael Keenanís first book of poems, TRANSLATIONS ON WAKING IN AN ITALIAN CEMETERY, was released by A-Minor Press in 2014, and his second, FOR NIGHT, will be released by Spuyten Duyvil in 2018. His poems have appeared in Columbia Journal, Colorado Review, Barrow Street, Posit and Fence, among others.