I don't know if the guy sitting next to me heard me try to apologize for accidentally moving his car magazines and taking his spot obnoxious hrrr of the espresso machine I had to talk over one at the books a million reading with Dennis who showed up drunk right in front of my grandparents Hershey zinging sunlight and...

Blank Verse*

I’m asked to ignore too much…look the other way. In fact, I should call my poems empty poems. “Never-mind poetry,” that’d be a good name. I’ll write poems about nothing. Poems that say absolutely nothing but say it well. I’ll write poems like Rothko’s paintings of voids, great hollow, pulsating works of art, undulating existential...

World Class

I. Substitute Teaching In America, acting is frowned on. People are looking for passion. People want to know how much you care. They expect burn-out. Two years of hard work is all anyone can manage. You give your all; you’ll be a star. They want you to put yourself at their mercy. Then crash and burn. Everyone understands. The...

Mall of America

In America, even the old are expected to work. No rest for the wicked. How true. Even in retirement, one goes to bed exhausted. There’s no relief. We all are required to pump our own gas. We used to buy our clothes off the rack. Now we sift suits off the floor. There are no...