Nero’s Descendants

Cool has replaced noble, the dude explains, as he knifes his mother; it’s a man’s world. With that, the teen loudly orders Quiche Lorraine, peach…


Hickory Dickory Dock

Even the moon landing was an act of discrimination. Blacks get cut out of everything; even the bombing of Hiroshima failed to include them. That the…


Dog City

Reading about sex is among the most boring things one could ever do. Middle-aged WASPs and their first-time memories. Those numbing descriptions of…


“Take the Plunge,” “Cultural Appropriation,” “Honor Among Thieves,” and Other Poems

Take the Plunge After killing African natives, the colonial armies returned to Europe to murder its own civilians. Trench warfare and concentration…


“Fat Pigeons Over Tokyo Bay,” “Getting Emotional,” “Life Without Death,” and “National Tragedy, A Poem for All Ages”

Fat Pigeons Over Tokyo Bay Pigeons fling themselves from the balconies like suicides. Fat, filthy rats, fly from rooftops, as crows attack the…


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…