“In Suffocating Breath,” “Requisite Damage,” and “Self-Mutilation”

In Suffocating Breath I feel the dirty secrets her lips leave. In bruises for other women to read. Her knife---the sex she says she can’t give yet…


At Time, on Tune

We parted on bad terms, Grandad and I. He wasn’t a blood relation, more of an in-law, but he was ‘Grandad’ to all of us all the same. And one evening…


“You Gotta Be Rich to Die There,” “Surgery,” and “Elastic Band”

You Gotta Be Rich to Die There The rich and famous don’t even croak the same as us. They have their own place. The Motion Picture & Television…


Four Religious Poems

To Know God, to Love God, and to Serve God I am a bowl of fruit on a shelf in a store in Chinatown, rotting--- Evaporating up and breathing sweetness…


Jude the Unshrewd

Her name was Helen--- from Australia--- and it was all a very long time ago: the late 1960s. Helen managed a shop selling eastern ethnic goods near…


Adam’s Curse

It was a night colder than the last, in a series for which this was true. Lighted telephone poles---tumbled masts, I---a vessel without crew. The day…


Tea-Bagged

That idiotic doctor smiling down at me as if I am a Christmas leg of lamb ready to carve into my chest searching for a purse of gold and municipal…


“Only Black and White Dreams,” “Stanton Avenue Blues,” and “Once I Was”

only black and white dreams the cat, new to birding after 15 years, stalks three crows on television they rummage through winter she’ s dressed for…


“My Fifteenth Year,” “Done to Death,” and “Notes from Hermosillo”

My Fifteenth Year I remember the schools of dead carp on the riverbank, the bonfires, the first booze and the first smoke rolling through me like…