Perfect Stack – a poem by Ion Corcos


Perfect Stack

One by one, the old man carefully stacks books on the table. He crouches to check that they are aligned, straight as a high-rise building. The owner walks towards him, stops, shakes his head. The old man fumbles as he takes another book from the box on the floor. He places it squarely on the stack. Again, he crouches, this time for longer, checks that it is even.  He looks at the owner. The owner shakes his head.  Frustrated, the old man slams the next book on top of the stack. It sits askew. He stands in silence, stares at the stack. “Good,” says the owner, “straight as a tree.”

Ion Corcos has been published in Grey Sparrow Journal, Clear Poetry, Communion, The High Window and other journals. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Ion is a nature lover and a supporter of animal rights. He is currently travelling indefinitely with his partner, Lisa. Ion’s website is and he tweets at @IonCorcos

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