“POTUS Interruptus,” “Bluff City,” “August Instead,” and Other Poems

POTUS Interruptus Donald J. Trump is often very good. What he is great at is being Donald Trump--- the only one we will ever have. When he dies, any…


Louche Empire

He sniffs his fingers and eyes the waiter. Our church has no bells. They call it virtue signaling, this thirst for recognition. What is this hunger?…


“Congratulations,” “On Finding a 19-Year-Old Woman’s Body in a Hotel Freezer,” “Declarations of Concern,” and Other Poems

Congratulations People have been trained to turn in their neighbors. It’s the mood of the country. Call 911 if you hear a crying baby. No one can…


Deserted But Not Abandoned, Part 2

III. So it goes. We are nobodies who have nothing, we little teachers, but in the order of things, we always have more than our servants. If we make…


Frontier Justice

He had to go. You’ll see. We don’t often say things like this, but in Silver’s case, one was dealing with damaged goods intent on doing further…


“A Geography of Friendship,” “Menus,” “Erect on Demand,” and Other Poems

A Geography of Friendship We are approaching new terrain, the darkened forests left far behind. On the right, one eyes a drop of several hundred…


Deserted But Not Abandoned, Part 1

I. The courtyard is covered in dust. Beyond the chainlink fence stands rows of F-15 fighter jets. The Bengali movers lounge under the only tree that…