Nostalgia Used to Be Considered a Disease

Close up the shutters, pull off the letters and watch as the plastic teeth rains caulk. Lock up the doors so the teenagers won’t break in to drink.…


“A Philosophical Trialogue,” “Nude Beach,” and “The Image of the Sovereign”

A Philosophical Trialogue When you’re a cabdriver you could be a cabdriver Fifty years and after that you’re still--- But the old man kept speaking…


“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…


“Normal,” “Lucky,” “Relations,” and Other Poems

Normal I haven’t talked to Natalia in 3 days we had another fight I’ve been sleeping in the room out back and drinking like a hole in the ground it’s…


“One Life to Live” and “Unleashed”

One Life to Live When the vet, Came to visit, He learned, That London, Is mostly, Doing, Quite well, London does, However, Have, What the vet,…


“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…


“Procession” and “Live Streams”

Procession The morning ammil had not thawed after the rain and breeze all night cold valleys inland turned to white. Yet, under silence buried,…


“Sensodyne Surprise,” “Right Where He Should Be,” and “Searching for Forever”

Sensodyne Surprise He’s at CVS, Just picking up, A few things, Paper towels, Wipes, Some snacks, Now looking for, Toothpaste, And quickly, He…


Echo Chamber

Reacting to suddenness is generic. Sobbing because the face of God is dizzying. Buskin’ apocalyptic-folk with some friends all over the atlases. We…


“Waterbirth” and “Variations/Circumlocutions on a Theme in Camus”

Waterbirth On a sunny day, in the courtyard of my ancestral home, where I have never been, a swing swings. My ancestor swings on it. He is wearing…