Ian Hatcher

to be alone

when it rains when the streetlights turn on
and the gloss of night like lip balm smooths over your shadow

and you talk to yourself...
because no one else is worth talking to
you kinda wish you were brave fog afraid and ashamed

to take that old lost mask your beautiful face

Opening Sources is an online poem written continuously by anonymous authors. You may click the words and alter them to whatever you like. Your changes will appear instantly to anyone else with the site open and be visible to subsequent readers.

You are encouraged to try to "improve" the poem you found here. What this might mean is up to you.

This site is not monitored for content. Edits are not logged. Once overwritten, previous states of the poem disappear forever.

On occasion the poem is read live as a performance. In these events, the poem is projected on a screen and the audience is invited to edit the text while it is read aloud repeatedly. A loop of feedback forms as the audience takes uncertain control over its collective voice.

Past readings:

A four-hour online version with dozens of participants also took place 12.3.09 as part of Streamflow Conditions, curated by Judd Morrissey for Subito Press.

— Ian Hatcher / clearblock.net