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The world is a conglomeration of over two hundred nations, many of which are barely functional, and even the most established nations have many, many problems.

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The poet’s identity is perceived by the writing itself, and to read a poem is to sometimes see from those others eyes. When the writing is self-portraiture, we see what we might not otherwise, we see the internal perception of a person with a clarity that can be very intimate.

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today at 17:52 the planet Mars ceased to exist,
the sleeping war machines that rest
beneath the surface, rust no more,
the breeze that soughs across the dead sea bottoms
no longer blows between the towers

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They requested that I proof-read
Some poetry that they were
Planning on publishing and
As a poet I always write by
The rule that one should never
​Edit, let alone re-write,

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twice
the man’s body is strapped to the gurney
 
twice
his last words are documented for eternity

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but a Greyhound will still abandon
Jesus in Tucson, then
reboard him in molecular Cincinnati,
reuniting him with his dark luggage
and old world remains

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“you won’t feel a thing” 
no I feel
every slow stitch and pull
on the landscape of sliced cheek

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The oldest attendee is the ex-priest who looked out for us on the way up and is now married. He was very concerned with the local paper listing sexual abusers that had been on his team and may be wrongfully accused by grifters looking for money from the church.

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As I prowl through rain-slicked streets, the neon storefronts refract off my side windows, my steering wheel spinning left or right of its own volition. My hum a low growl. I do what the sensors on the roof rack tell me to do.

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witness
under pressure
not always debriefable,
clamming up
​could be transformative,

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