I Sat Among the Books

I sat among the books and the shelves rattled and shook The covers flying open as the words wrestled their way out, shattering the air with a collective shout, Settling down into a song the words took shape, rising and falling each one struggling to find it’s space The melody began, drifting, dancing Lazily the…

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Save Yourself (Again…)

Self-help book publishers Looking for old answers In new packaging Of crafty cover art Catered to mid-life upstarts Caught up in life’s heist Stealing unpredictable Trust fund diamonds Hiding from the sun’s glare Seeks futility’s self-awareness Posing as repressed confessions Yet still contributes to yearly profits   by Charlie Weeks   Charlie Weeks is the…

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Kodachrome

In every family photograph I see what isn’t there, the change in my face, my father’s gestures, my mother’s hair. I search through the box of photographs for evidence. The fights we didn’t hear. The book and its damning inscription. Do I imagine the rift in the photograph, the four of us on the couch…

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The World Is Braille We Can Read With Our Fingertips

hide with me in the unfinished corner of creation   from Hannibal, Busta Rhymes, and Google   Matthew McConaughey will have no power until sundown.   we will play yahtzhee in the dark, the dice with convex dots so we can feel something   there are lightning bolts in our eyes and we can split…

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Steven Fregeau

A man who confessed to being insane enough   a man who confessed to being insane enough to live with beasts. that’s not fair to the beasts. what he meant was human beings.   you could tell because he was obsessed with fire rising between the trees, & there’s no beast who comprehends this as…

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Gephyrophobia (Fear of Crossing Bridges)

I call my friend Alan to talk while I drive up the coast, past a friend’s house in Salem Center, a friend I haven’t seen in almost a year. She is not dead, but I guess, I am dead to her, or she to me since we only speak in space.   The Kernwood Bridge…

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