Nick Sturm

When I Am the Most Person



It happens when I am cutting apples


Or when beneath some soft light


I do not have a name


Usually I feel really dumb and golden


That’s part of it


An implausible rationale for not being defeated


Then the indifferent tarmac


Meanwhile a note is left on the bushes


“Sorry 4 stopping by so late”


It is falling apart with the agony of hope!


The shape that makes the least sense


A chord or a berry


Maybe popcorn!


I do not understand what is due and what is paid for


Eventually we must give in


Let joy arrive like a small cup of soup


With an entire country of sun on my back


I don’t know what to say


There is a mantis-face my man-face protects


Walking through congressional districts


One must pass with care


Against ricocheted mountain light


Your bed is not full of sacrifice


You are groomed by the horse head of fear


In front of all these people


The sacred parts of ourselves cannot be kept away from


So that’s when it happens


A very pronounced glimmer


Pigeons over the sea like


There are tiny airports everywhere


from Outside in the Aporia Days



III. The War


The Proclamation of 1763

The Golden Bull of Sicily

The Peace of Thorn

The Second Peace of Thorn

The Compromise of 1850

The Convention of Moss

The Treaty of Gandamak

The Treaty of Paris

The Treaty of Bucharest

The Treaty of the Dardanelles

The Treaty of Nagyváyard

The Treaty of Fort Industry

The Treaty of Al Arish

The Treaty of Hopewell

The Treaty of Constantinople

The Secret Treaty of Dover

The Treaty of Bärwalde

The Return of the Jedi

The Treaty of Saragossa

The Treaty of Perpetual Peace

The Outer Space Treaty

The Tariff of Abominations

The Planet of the Apes

The Battle of Gettysburg

The Agents of Anarchy

The Dark Side of the Moon

The Kingdom of God is Within You

The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

The Report on the Construction of Situations

The Battle of Stalingrad

The Battle of Guadalajara

The President of the United States of America

The Collected Poems of Federico García Lorca

The Sound of Music

The Accident of Art


NICK STURM is the author of How We Light, from H_NGM_N BKS, as well as a number of chapbooks including, with Wendy Xu, I Was Not Even Born (Coconut) and, with Carrie Lorig, Labor Day (Forklift, Ohio) and Nancy and The Dutch (NAP), an erasure of paperback biographies of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. He is co-curator of Dear Marge, Hello, a reading series in Tallahassee, Florida.