Inclined to the immediate replete in its complicities. It ferrets out all the details, regardless of hostile power. Engaged in dialogue, rude with a phantom. (There’s always rude phantoms in the works.) Serving as a third party, they’re uninvited guests. Witnessing confessions, they’re invisible arbiters in a comfortable alliance. Michael Igoe, city boy, neurodiverse. Chicago […]
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The Same Do caterpillars dream of flight the same way we fall in our dreams, only to wake up, feeling safe in our belief that nothing has changed? The Closest I’ll Get to a Green Thumb T.S. Eliot planted a corpse in his poem, giving April a metaphorical garden, where the rain meant more than […]
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Beneath a storming vision two cry Love like music soars and urges shine Need springs from girl to dream Sing to me honey, I ache I go mad for a picture, a tiny gift to worship Delirious, I lust and fall with one whisper Gone, crushed, drunk My sweet sun, dress my life in light […]
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In my father’s body shop, the dual action air sander’s muffled screams drown out the pain of the country music station. Within the cloud of Daytona paint particles, I strip the luster off a Chevy’s fender. And within a fog of questions I wonder if the cerulean I see is the same color as my […]
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Sunset Salsa Bodies burning like fire, Red skirts and red flames. Everyone moving. Spinning round some Invisible axis. Smashing and crashing, Imploding like atoms. Body to body, Hip to hip, breathless, Slick sweat running down Bare backs. Strangers Moving like lovers, Each of them pretending To love the other back. Tutoring I was never any […]
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strange city of asphalt and perpetual construction better every time, the people think I sleep in a hotel across from another mine is barely adequate but the other is large and lush a fishbowl I prefer the barely adequate cigarette burns on the edge of the tub a broken faucet I’ll mime bathing instead I’ll swim […]
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AFFIRMATION FOR GRATITUDE some days i see both the sunriseand sunset – bookendsto wash away the gutsof the mundane that nestle intothe in-betweentime is so serrated, buti know how to slow my steps,breathe the good airwhen i see iti’m still learning, though,how to hold these beautiful thingswithout break-ing them HASHTAG DREAM INTERPRETATION I have this […]
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Prayer Smoldering clouds of smoke and ash. A sudden breeze weaves through the trees, lifting and lifting like steam. The sky opens its mouth and groans like the hungry stomach of some angry god. Its tongue empties itself toward the parched earth. Somewhere there was a prayer for this rain. Shouted from a crop by […]
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GRASS VALLEY, UTAHOut here,mountains riseone either sideof the valley.Spring breeze.Morning choirof songbirds.Harmony.Some long-broken part of mehas been made whole again.I felt it—just now. ARIZONA CABIN Cold morning light spills over our bed— enough light to color the soft curve of her hip. Fragrance of fresh-cut pine, and gentle tired loving. Intoxicated by all that wild […]
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I wear a fat suit shaped like a giant flowerto stop the wilting inside.My tinnitus turns into a screamand I hold my hands over my earsso the poisonous flowers don’t force their way out.I wear a fat suit shaped like a bloated sewer ratdrowning itself in internal poison then floating upto the top of the […]
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