New work by Patrick Williams


Gauge and plate,
Invariably malleable,
    but still unbeaten,
our tubes twist out
    and torch up. Why we
haven’t had to deal
    is we were built
to never negotiate. When we
    affix, we’re solid.
When it’s cold, that’s when
    we break.

(source text: Automobile dealer and repairer, a practical journal exclusively for these interests, volume 27-28, 1919-1920)




The Light Running Fox

Send me work that will
not soil my hands.

Bronze, light, and speedy.

Fast escapement takes carriage.
Imitation interchangeable.

Bearing beautiful appearance,
automatically feeding.

Write today. Supply three
variations so equipped.

Everyone likes a reminder. You will
quickly learn why.

(source text: The American Stationer And Office Outfitter, volume 91, 1922)




Resist the Smashing Impact of Truck Traffic

An easy matter.
 A splendid one.

The lower photo shows
 our magnificent structure,

standing as a monument.
 No bridge is of any value

unless there are good roads
 on either end of it.

(source text: North Carolina Highway Bulletin volume 2 issue 11, 1922)




Patrick Williams is a poet and academic librarian living in Central New York. His recent work appears in publications including Noble/Gas Qtrly, Posit, Glittermobs, and Heavy Feather Review. His chapbook Hygiene in Reading (Publishing Genius, 2016) was awarded the 2015 Chris Toll Memorial Prize. He edits Really System, a journal of poetry and extensible poetics. Find him at and on Twitter @activitystory.

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