Austin was a shape-shifter. He turned over stones
and there was writing underneath. I turned one once
and found blind maggots writhing. When his
mother asked me to look for him, Jeff came too
in case […]
Years ago, when I was a boy and therefore safer,
I would visit Austin on his night-shift at the 7-11
and watch the zombies shuffle in for microwavable pie
or cigarettes. Mostly they just asked for stuff, any […]
For Churchill, the shadow
of vermouth on his martini
was enough. For my brother,
two drops of water
in his bourbon please, the memory
of what it once was. Once, my shadow
was the only thing I owned; it […]
There are spiders everywhere
This showed how Goddesses punish
They weave and jump across
those who are immortal
the tomato plants and cucumber
How many ways can a God
Leave sticky strings across
use a woman […]
The sun shines every day. The leaves don’t change. “The air is different
here,” A woman said yesterday as she got out her car, “Yes, the air
is different,” someone else said. Then a girl, maybe 7, got out
If Aliens Come
and discover human beings
will they think we are so hard
to see, so full of water that our edges
move? Will they watch the tides
in us as we watch the ocean?
Perhaps we can frighten […]
The Sun burnt through her nightgown
again, and the body keeps beating,
bleating, needing every minute something
new. Why does the heart have to fight.
Why can’t it get a verb like “ch […]
The walls hang crooked.
The bottoms don’t touch.
The outside seeps
in like a heavier metal.
My skin a feast for any jaw
that can close on it. Quiet
heart, quiet your clanging
is waking the c […]
I’m looking forward/worried about it! Thank you Caitlin and Jacob, for putting this on every year. It’s pretty wonderful of you.