How to Use a Cornet to Clear any Room by Robert Wynne


pursed lips are the key
breath, sincere lack of training
and an open door


wrap valves in your fist
swing arm toward the nearest face
repeat until done


finger a b flat
feel how the pearl key vibrates
yell “fire” and leave


trade for a comet
ride that flaming chariot
along the baseboards


forgive each person
as they return to their lives
just play taps slowly


Robert Wynne earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. A former co-editor of Cider Press Review, he has published 6 chapbooks, and 3 full-length books of poetry, the most recent being “Self-Portrait as Odysseus,” published in 2011 by Tebot Bach Press. He’s won numerous prizes, and his poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout North America. He lives in Burleson, TX with his wife and 2 rambunctious dogs. His online home is