Here, Where

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April 2, 2023 by The Citron Review

by Michael Montlack

the mountain slants like a staircase to the stars,
where the stars seem to sing the horses to sleep.

Here, where a cemetery has more inhabitants

than its town, making the living a minority.

The quiet here, like a current seldomly broken,

a wordless prayer for the indifferent landscape,

where every dirt path hints at an untold secret

and a tree can be traced to relatives who planted it,

their way, perhaps, of adding a verse to the prayer

before they’re invited to join the majority.


Michael Montlack is author of two poetry collections and editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press). Recently, his poems appeared in Prairie Schooner, Phoebe, The Offing, december, Poet Lore and Cincinnati Review. This year his poem won the Saints & Sinners Poetry Award (for LGBTQ writers).  




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