In the Memory Palace

The memory palace is a mnemonic device introduced in ancient Roman and Greek rhetorical treatises (in the anonymous Rhetorica ad Herennium, Cicero's…


“The Bar Guys,” “Cold Pizza,” “Drunk and in a Blind Rage I Lean Against a Pole and Watch the Neighbor Use His Car Speakers as His Cell Phone,” and Other Poems

the bar guys some days i’ll pass one of them on the street and they’ll look as bad and used up by the world as they did when i left them sitting on…


Three-Line Poetry Collection

Untitled Stand on soapbox made by another’s hand Pick a social injustice to protest Awareness will not rule it out Untitled What would a painting say…


“Martyrology,” “The Failure of Lucidity,” and “Study Time”

Martyrology We listened from a distance  for your chrysalis to speak. To give us intel, a reason, some sign we could clutch tight against our…


“Before Everything Went Down” and “Remembering the Dead”

bEFORE eVERYTHING wENT dOWN I watch the flies outside bzzing around eating out rotting dead cat rubbing their legs together fucking like tiny…


“Exile on Washington Street,” “Like Winter Into Spring,” “The Brotherhood of Night Drivers,” and “In the Valley of Zero”

Exile on Washington Street The collected mass bays for blood. “Kill him” and “Crucify him,” they sing through assorted smiles. This is no ordinary…


“Traffic Jam,” “Cash Machine,” and “Getaway Car”

Traffic Jam a white sail hitch-boat floats up [outside my rolled down windows] in front of me [a canary-yellow Honda] pumps the brakes as we work…


“Santa Monica Chicken Hawk,” “Creation,” “El Tres de Mayo,” and “Up from the River”

Santa Monica Chicken Hawk Twink, twink little star Suck me off in my car Take your twenty Go away I’ll be back next week Same day. Creation This kid…


Etymology and Extracts

ETYMOLOGY // Supplied by an idiot tourist who / in the grip of a yearlong concussion / during which he had to learn to speak again / got it into that…


“Springtime on the Costa Blanca,” “Kirstie Girl,” and “Just Landed”

Springtime on the Costa Blanca Where does one stand? Sunshine follows rain as hot follows cold and warm comes cool. Like a woman’s mood swings during…