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…


“Dynamo of the Trailers,” “Bedouin of the Jungle,” “Everything,” and “My Dinner with Mighty Mouse”

Dynamo of the Trailers She’s seventy now; she’s had a full life. This is Hillary of whom I speak; I mean the one Bill used to call his little wife.…


“Glass from Sand,” “Call to Arms,” “Solitary Confinement,” and Other Poems

Glass from Sand Are you mindful of the fact that the man there in the turban is not a chimpanzee? I know this because that man is me. If you close…


“Zulus from Canada,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “By Popular Demand,” and Other Poems

Zulus from Canada On the matter of Oscar Peterson, The jury is still out. He was the real McCoy, he was Radioactive. He was the Taj Mahal. He was…