From my imaginary old man
[most all was taken from him his home his]
[everyone knows what kind of man he is]
[to see my imaginary old man]
Author’s Note: These poems come from my working manuscript, my imaginary old man: poems. The project is an exercise in decasyllabics. The poems skirt the use of punctuation in order to magnify how particular lines and phrases might be read in multiple ways, creating a prismatic effect.
Ryan Sharp holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University and is currently pursuing his PhD in poetry and poetics at the University of Texas. His poetry and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals including Berkeley Poetry Review, Callaloo, DIALOGIST, and PANK. He lives in Austin, TX, where he serves as the editor for Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and as the Writers’ Studio Coordinator at Huston-Tillotson University.