The Student Literary Journal of Vermont State University

Ryan Aliapoulios

Poetry, Spring 2023

not so good at substitution

remembering the purple pieces
of abandoned puzzle on the sidewalk
I rearrange celestial bodies
become once again the nodding center of
the world and its bougainvillea overhang
allowing every idea, every iteration
its own infinity

Ryan Aliapoulios is an LA-based writer, editor, and poet. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied screenwriting and film and is a recent alum of Elaine Kahn’s Poetry Field School. When he isn’t placating his cats (Jupiter and Sundae), Ryan is hard at work on his first poetry collection. Follow him @rollyops on IG and @raliapo on Twitter.