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David Starkey

David Starkey

David Starkey served as Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including The American Scholar, The Georgia Review and The Southern Review and in seven full-length collections, most recently Like a Soprano, an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos television series.

Lions, Attention Please!

                                 —after Paul Klee


If we hope to accomplish anything of substance today,
you must stop sleeping, feeding
                                                   and sniffing the air
for signs of one another's ill intentions.

Better,
          now:

Griselda, turn over three times, then run to the forest!

Hansdieter, stand up straight!

Widukind, leap into the arms of that nearby woman!

Annalisa, back into your cage!

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