Every Day a Shiny Bright New Day

By Maureen N. McLane Maureen N. McLane
it’s good not to drink
it’s good not to piss
in the sink & it’s good
not to think

the clarion ring
of   a glass clinking
with ice good to hear it
fade into a past
you can’t sing

your dumb blues
is over. admit
it was always
borrowed. you paid
no dues you did
no time

but the time spent
sodden. what you thought
I think. your
higher power’s
drunk. god’s
the biggest alky
in the sky

the clouds are whiskey
sours passing by

Source: Poetry (September 2013).


This poem originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

September 2013
 Maureen  N. McLane


Maureen N. McLane grew up in upstate New York and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. She is the author of World Enough (2010), and Same Life: poems (2008); and This Blue (2014); as well as the poetry chapbook, This Carrying Life (2006). She has also published two books of literary criticism, Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry (2008) and Romanticism and the Human . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, Activities, Eating & Drinking

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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