Photo by Pat Brown

Allan Bown was born in Victoria and presently lives in Powell River, BC. His next book of poetry, a partial selected titled Frames of Silence, will be issued by Seraphim Editions in April.

The slightly adjusted quotation
is from poem 20
("The pennycandystore beyond the El") of A Coney Island of the Mind.

Monday's Poem

Allan Brown

Poem with a Line by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

        A young girl runs
quick & greyly up from the ferry dock,
"Can I borrow a cigaret?"

& her breasts are breathless in
the little rain
might again in somewhere standing
outside, looking in
she flirts off again
in the silly old rain

my soft nose still pressed
against the window pane
of life
            looking outside
            looking in