Poems


This This is the End 

And when and when my snaggletooth wife
Backs out of the driveway beside a grinning fool 
I think this this is the end 
I drive all night I run over a cat 
Her kitten clawing scrabbling blind in the dirt 
I scoop her up she purrs 
In the hook of my arm for a year 
And when and when 
My mother my impossibly kind mother
Holds an X-ray of her skull
Her finger upon a crabapple lump 
And she no longer talks and she hums 
That is no song I say and her eyes are stones 
I think this this must be the end 
I speak to the ocean at dusk 
I say Dear Ocean am I not the worst thing 
The spinning world has ever made 
The waves drink my hair 
The waves urge me like a leaf to my bed
And when and when I am kissed by a bus 
The crystal bowl of my ribcage
Bursts and the ripened fruit within it
Burns to fossil and to ash
My father stands in a forest a Vicodin moon above 
And my few close ones hold hands 
And when and when a war erupts 
For the water of my country 
And survivors encamp in the ruins of malls 
Thawing their souls at bonfires of books 
Still the women walk slow 
To the virulent river the rapturous river 
To wash their hair at dawn 
And when and when the last bird shuts its eyes 
And the flesh of the last whale 
Drifts like pollen in turquoise ink
And dust devils are lords of the squares 
And trees reclaim the stairs 
Still the stars glister like sparklers 
Aloft in the hand of a girl
Still the earth our grave hurdles with grace in the dark
— (first appeared in American Poetry Review, 2018)

Other poems online

The Most Handsome Man in the Neighborhood. Literary Matters, 2019.

The Epic of Senge. Philadelphia Stories, 2019.

A Briefe & Marveyllous Hystory of Franklin. Literary Matters, 2019.

PC Song. The Awl, 2017.

Tale of the Boy with the Horse Head. The Stinging Fly, 2015.

The Unspoken word. Dalhousie Review, 2017.

Utøya. Malahat Review / E-Verse Radio, 2012.

On a Metro Gliding at the Edge of Jungles where Tigers Walked. Subtropics, 2015.

Crow & Fox in Love. The Puritan, 2016.

Last Words of the Old Man with the Photographic Memory. PRISM / Going Down Swinging, 2016.

An Old Man in Black Slippers at Rush Hour. Cortland Review, 2014.

Three Photos of Jayne Mansfield. Rattle, 2011.

Hypochondria Song. American Literary Review, 2015.

The Death of Jolly Dolly. Mudlark, 2014.

Festus, Hansel & Grendel. Literary Review of Canada, 2015.

Only Child Poem. POOL, 2016.

The Prince with No Asshole. The Puritan, 2016.

The Confession of Chunosuke MatsuyamaPOOL, 2016.

Hydra. Literary Review of Canada, 2011.

Public Cremation. Asia Literary Review, 2012.

Tiny Pageants of the Soul. The Puritan, 2015.

Returning What was Stolen. Mudlark, 2014.

The Last Death. CV2, 2012.

The Falling Man. Forget Magazine, 2013.

People Came Back from the Other Side All the Time & Told Us But We Didn’t Believe Them. Mudlark, 2014.