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Poem of the week: The Unreliable Narrator by John Rigney

By John Rigney


The unreliable narrator

makes things unpredictable –

sometimes he will lie

but only enough

for you to discount the truth

when it becomes available.


The unreliable narrator

is posing as a character –

she is making a bid for sympathy

but is really nothing but the author

moving things along

towards a satisfactory conclusion.


The unreliable narrator

makes reading into

something like real life

where we often get ahead of ourselves –

want things to be different,

hope, dream, make plans

and then, with the turn of a page

watch it all

fall apart. Contributor’s Note: JOHN RIGNEY will join poet Barbara Cole at the next Readings at the RIC Series event at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the Research and Information Commons at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. He teaches English at Kenmore West High School, and was one of the featured poets in the Spring 2015 issue of BlazeVox Online journal. Rigney and his wife, Dana, are the proprietors of the Second Reader Bookshop on Hertel Avenue.

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