Paul Koniecki

Temporary word

I’ve always wanted to slide
A poem across

A New York City
Teller’s pass-through

At the bank
Like a ransom note

By Sal from Dog Day
Afternoon John Cazale is

A desperate indigo lake
Filled with scribbles of falling ink

Showing us how birth
Is a defenestration of sorts

Pairs of Innocents
Thrown from Paradise

Out a low-rise high with windows
A bank with many floors

A chance to read out loud
Your own eulogy

Rewrite yourself a new
Introduction to this life

Tenuous and brief
Squawk of captain’s megaphones

And Attica Attica
Ringing in the air


Paul Koniecki lives in Dallas, Texas. He was once chosen for the John Ashbery Home School Residency. His poems feature in Richard Bailey’s movie “One of the Rough” distributed by AVIFF Cannes. Paul proudly sits on the editorial board of Thimble Literary Magazine. His poems have appeared in ENTROPY, Gasconade Review, As It Ought To Be Magazine, Trailer Park Review, and many more.