Lucas Smith

Lucas Smith is from Orange County, California and the Gippsland region of Australia. He studied at the University of Melbourne, where he edited the student magazine. His writing has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, American Aesthetic, The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, and Australian Book Review.

Art of Retail

If retail is an art, then wholesale is a slaughter–
the shopkeeper an artist, the wholesaler a soldier.

The customer is a gallery, with hooks and white walls.
The bulk-buyers wield kalashnikovs.

One is a beautiful thing, surplus is monstrous.
Retailers buy wholesale. They fight on both fronts.