poet henry stanton

Electric Life by Henry Stanton

Electric Life
It doesn’t matter
someone else’s rage or pain or violence
you say to yourself
as you wait for the one you dread
to ascend the stairs to the bedroom in the dark
the keys are in the garden
somehow he has found them
The dream you awaken from is terrifying
yet in there
you were not terrified.
A yellow-green spotted beetle drops on your neck as you sink heavily back to sleep
you pinch    at    it
  leap to frightened consciousness
flick on the light
it is on its back among the carpet fibers
you start it scurrying with your finger tip
you leave it running across the screen
while a cricket floats lifelessly in your toilet bowl
while your sore eyes glaze over and the light goes out.
A voice in your dreamscape calls to you:
electrify your life dreamer back and
return to your rare language
I call you to awful combat
you are awake again.


Henry Stanton’s fiction, poetry and paintings appear in 2River, The A3 Review, Avatar, The Baltimore City Paper, The Baltimore Sun Magazine, Kestrel, Outlaw Poetry, PCC Inscape, Pindeldyboz, Rusty Truck, Salt & Syntax, SmokeLong Quarterly, The William and Mary Review, Word Riot, and The Write Launch and Yellow Mama, among other publications.

 His poetry was selected for the A3 Review Poetry Prize  and was shortlisted for the Eyewear 9th Fortnight Prize for Poetry.  His fiction received an Honorable Mention acceptance for the Salt & Syntax Fiction Contest and was selected as a finalist for the Pen 2 Paper Annual Writing Contest.

A selection of Henry Stanton’s paintings are currently on show at Atwater’s Catonsville and can be viewed at the following website www.brightportfal.com   A selection of Henry Stanton’s published fiction and poetry can be located for reading in the library at www.brightportfal.com