“Capital Punishment,” “Inspector Frederick George Aberline Reminisces about Jack the Ripper,” “13 Ways of Killing a Raccoon,” and Other Poems

Capital Punishment When they found her she was near a culvert, street smart no more, and though it was cold rigor mortis had not set in. A dark sedan…


“Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair” and “What Happens in Vagus; or, How I Spent My Third Lockdown”

Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair I was sat with my back to the side of a hot pan Chaffing at the heels, with warm scents in my hair…


“No Country for White Men” and “At the Burial”

No Country for White Men Hunt the unmarked turn-off, missing it completely. Then U-turn on the high-speed two-laner to nowhere, through disappointed…


“The Gentrifier,” “The Fearmaker,” and “The Equalizer”

The Gentrifier I am the Gentrifier. I am the Yin to White Flight's Yang. First I lower it until you neglect it, Then I inflate it until you can’t…


“Prologue,” “Choppers,” “The Day the Press Stood Up,” and “Coda”

Prologue All my closest friends remained behind in the Hell Zones. And I understood. There were shortages, yes, lockdowns and supply-chain…


“A Porterhouse Steak,” “Damaged Yet Beautiful,” and “A Cocktail Lounge”

A Porterhouse Steak Some mornings won't quite let you forget foolishness from the night before with dull aches or a hammer lodged in your skull…


Every Third Street

Accidental killing? Done with ease!…


“Dream of Holding On,” “Sleeping with My Nemesis,” “Dream of Emergence,” and Other Poems

Dream of Holding On I’m working at the fish plant when my ex-wife comes by she hasn’t changed in 20 years she wants try again Come with me, she says…


“Infinite Reveries” and “The Marvel of the Freedom: In Patches”

Infinite Reveries The loveliest dawn dwelleths* in the bosom.** A mild magic word rests far below. A balmy spark flying in the soul. Homeland would…


“Some Kind of Love Story” and “Takoma’s True Beauty”

Some Kind of Love Story Circuit court, This is where, Marriages go, To die, And that’s why, You’re there, Virtually, There, A ten-minute hearing,…