Nancy Iannucci /An Oh to Syd Barrett/

An Oh to Syd Barrett

How I wish, how I wish you could have tasted my mouth after it dropped when I first heard your voice/ How I wish you could have felt what it was like to see you for the first time / your dark eyes & thick mane / you made me ovulate well before my season / your words wandered worlds licking at my ears in thunderclaps/ I saw your diamonds spinning above the vinyl/ some fell to my ankles in bangles that called up at me / lean out your window, golden hair / some crawled on chords to my closet like daring trapeze artists/ others scratched clef spirals on my tiles/ you were writing /  to me / lyrics / a new love song /  but I couldn’t wait / I was late for the Temples concert / I jumped & gathered you up in haste like the White Rabbit / shoved your gems in my pocket & left for the Bowery/ Temples played Baby Lemonade to warm the crowd, but I was the only one there who felt your heat / I held out your diamonds in the palm of my hand but the crowd didn’t see them / you were a merman to them/ odd / your voice only soluble beneath the sea/ you were singing to me/ & so I wound around the rockweeds of your voice with my eyes closed/floating above the crowd / holding on to you as if you were here.



Nancy Iannucci is a historian who teaches history and lives poetry in Troy, NY. Her work is published/forthcoming in numerous publications including Bop Dead City, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Star 82 Review (*82), Gargoyle, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Nixes Mate Review, Poetry Breakfast, Rose Red Review, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Picaroon Poetry, Yellow Chair Review, Dying Dahlia Review to name a few.


One thought on “Nancy Iannucci /An Oh to Syd Barrett/

  1. I’ve nothing terribly insightful to say, other than I love this to bits. “…your words wandered worlds licking at my ears in thunderclaps” – rings like a lost Syd Barrett lyric! 😉

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