Justin Runge


Listen to Justin Runge read his piece:

Only poor radio
mimics the dead
star’s speaking.

Lowly astronaut
in his polo shirt.

Stray astronaut
here like an elk
on the back road.

A story is, when
the lights go out,
a common request.

Son plays father
back as a book
on tape, speaker
in a gun musket.

Each generation
is the born light
ending en route
to the telescope.


Justin Runge lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he serves as poetry editor of Parcel and helms Blue Hour Press. He is the author of two chapbooks, Take Our Picture as You Sleep (Gold Wake Press, 2012) and Plainsight (New Michigan Press, forthcoming). Poems of his have appeared in Linebreak, DIAGRAM, Harpur Palate, and elsewhere. He can be found at www.justinrunge.me.
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