“My Favorite Faulkner,” “Honestly,” “Dirty Harry,” and Other Poems

My Favorite Faulkner We’ll meet in Mississippi. Just name the spot. What about Biloxi, Clarksdale, or what would you say to somewhere in…


“Okra Casserole Baked at 350,” “Satchmo Was White,” “Sitting Pretty,” and Other Poems

Okra Casserole Baked at 350 The bald soprano was hiding in the bushes. You better say something or I will. God is watching is not good enough. Tell…


“Public Performances” and “Low and Behold”

Public Performances The news tonight is that there are rioters rioting in the streets of Minneapolis. I go out to see for myself. I see folks on the…


Imperialism

Aswirl in accusations, the noble gentleman fell, as the crowds spat and stomped on his bronzed cadaver. “Pig.” “Beast.” “Monster.” The crowd hurled…


Horse Operas; or, John Wayne in Heat

We live in a time of hero bonuses. There is talk of appreciation pay. At the strip club it is masks on, clothes off. We don’t want the naked ladies…


Shake-Up

If it weren’t for the Constitution, we’d be Iran. If it weren’t for the First Amendment, we’d be China. My friends see themselves as reasonable, they…


No Wonder

Is it any wonder the Japanese hate us? My wife Claudia and I had been cooped up in this fucking Palace Cruise Line anchored off Yokohama for 13 days…


Kabuki Rites

Everything changed for me when I got sick. I developed a serious infection at the site of my so-called surgery, performed that fateful afternoon back…


“Sayonara,” “Comp 1,” “Five Steps to Caring,” and Other Poems

Sayonara Samurai occupy the subway. They guard the entrance and stand at attention on the platforms. My girlfriends and I pass by, giggling. We’ve…


“A Love Poem by America’s First Pregnant Trans Woman,” “Holy Rollers,” “On a Sunday,” and “Sadder”

A Love Poem by America's First Pregnant Trans Woman by Theodora Divine II “What the hell did you expect?” That’s what he said, my father, who sat…