The Confiscation Wars

I: The Man with No Tattoos was dragged through the streets by a mob of women, whose distinguishing features are black ink markings sketched across…


“Neo-Tokyo,” “Who Invented Phil Silvers?,” “Free Robert De Niro,” and Other Poems

Neo-Tokyo Life’s glories? Countless… Lee Marvin’s voice The way Judy Davis says “bullshit” Glengarry Glen Ross Anything beats getting stoned for…


“True Believers,” “No Man’s Lands,” “Viewed from Above,” and Other Poems

True Believers “This is going to suck!” Are you old enough to remember when this expression was unused, unsaid, unknown? Claude Rains was still…


Sex is Epic

It is difficult to know something and to act as if you did not know it. --- Ludwig Wittgenstein I wouldn’t be free for long, so my escape would…


Left Out of Encyclopedia Britannica

I had students on the Persian Gulf named Muhammad, Saleh, and Fatso. Today. I had students in Houston Gardens named Keisha, Sabrina, and Dante. I had…


Ghostwritten

I am reading an anthology of short stories, 700 pages worth. I haven’t finished a single one. They are all the same, about rich girls sitting in…


Arts Appreciation

Of course, I live alone. It was not easy coming back to an empty apartment. I mean, I wasn’t totally on my own, not completely as an old maid; I was…


“Bringing Home the Bacon,” “Chopin and Savagery,” “Gabriel Garcia Márquez Knows His Stuff,” and Other Poems

Bringing Home the Bacon ---for Francis Bacon and David Sylvester (1966) The artist’s burden begins with us, the little people who’ve left their…


Cult of Excitements

What of the spiritual longings of atheists? What is one to make of them? Yearnings of solitude. Cosmic solicitations. Death of a salesman.…


“Deaf and Dumb” and “Preservation Society”

Deaf and Dumb The neighbors dropped by to say how superior Trump makes them feel. They love every minute of it. Never have my neighbors ever felt so…