Kemosabe Quarantine

In the learning distance, in the social distance,  in the lengths I’ll go to abscond with  whatever I can get away with  at a safe distance from your up close and personal  dysfunction, in the six feet of separation from … Continued

Inter-Generational Stupidity and the Pandemic

My generation has long been a scapegoat for all the modern ails of society. From the crash of the housing market to the perceived widespread “softening” of culture, to the death of Applebee’s. Nevermind that most of us obeyed our … Continued

Faith Over Fear (?)

Children are praying, again, on sidewalks And park-gazing fences, chalking holy memes In rainbow colors to turn back the clock, To playground afternoons before the quarantine. Shall I chide them for such puerile instruction? Or grind their metaphysical lenses To … Continued

bible-belted: the pandemic series

bible-belted: pandemic one why are tanning booths & beauty salons open? an exquisite corpse. bible-belted: pandemic two on south beach, millennials drink and frolic. boomers aren’t worthy of attention. bible-belted: pandemic three at a local hospital, sixty-five year olds are … Continued

The Unpredictable Fluid of Time

Unlike predictable, protest-board-applicable-things this uncaged boomerang returns the plague. Barbs jut in the neck of a dozen deserving men. The difficult decision is to stay the course or stay alive. Let’s lock onto the horizon, see that (from this embankment) … Continued

Skin of Memory

All that is left of you are words Words you turned into colors Colors you scattered across pages Of your abbreviated life. Shades of Blue:             For tears shed by angsty adolescent daughter     … Continued

Night And Day (Ночь И День)

Life has become better, comrades. Life has become more cheerful.  Joseph Stalin In the old days under Stalin they’d arrest you in the midnight hours of indifference, throw you into a concrete room lit by a bare bulb where questions … Continued


I.   we are born on death row in monroeville hope valley, the south side of chi   the contents of our character: civil wars that makes us sick. head, heart, memory   cancerous cages of our own & others … Continued