‘A Tone Like Quartz’ By George Payne

Jasper-Quartz Pebble Conglomerate / Canada. Photos By James St. John.

       A Tone Like Quartz

       I’m going for a clever but not smart tone.
       Sort of like Billy Collins but not Billy Collins.

       I want it to be ominous but not painful; and a
       little bit confessional without being romantic.

       And satirical, yes it has to be satirical. Not ironical
       but satirical. I want it to feel organic, with a fierceness
       that can be playful when it wants to be. Pure
       and durable, just like the qualities found in quartz.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary Review, the Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in the USA TodayWall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, the Buffalo News, and more.

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