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Matters of Consequence

The other day I received my first offer for term life insurance (how are corporations so prescient?), which has the effect of reminding a man he’s going to die, just as a baby has the effect of reminding a man that if he dies, it shouldn’t be for nothing.


Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction   

2 Poems

blame grows small in the moth’s circling / day to day the slightest tooth loosens / a landscape changes until returning by habit

The Evangelist

He never finished a performance without making a prediction. His predictions, if right, would immediately boost his prestige and reverence so much so that when he passed his offering bowl around afterwards people would be more than willing to part with their hard-earned cash.

Casanova

When you greeted each other / your palms / like embers in cigarette stubs / red and hot / showed from your sleeves

Artificial Flower Garden

excuse me this chambray tie / this cummerbund, these plain chops, / these dull lips. I’ve no guilt for gild's sake.

From the Archives

Duplicate of How to Forget a River

Why hide? To be found. Why be found?

Chatroulette

Ghost of my own design, was it your / gloved hands tracing out my spine the night / I lied my way into the ER, hoping / to be touched?

Duplicate of A Door, Prone, Crushing a Field of Flowers

I am at my threshold. / The dirt of our daughter. / The mole of her squirming body.

Resuscitation

You drive the El Camino with the gold phoenix etched on the hood. Two other boys ride with you. Your younger brother and one of his friends...

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