"With Eyes as Blue as Ice Picks She's" and "New Directons"

With Eyes Blue as Ice Picks She's

ready to entertain kidneys and liver, 
our girl. some days 
she goes by Sunny.
only shoots up when she 
feels like it, twice 
she’s got dozens of afterlives, 
to bugles, cornets, 
the rumpled rustle of Jolly Roger
is her bed sheet. Sunny 
bites her
dirty fingernails, 
busks at the marketplace on 
weekends, unless
it’s raining, when she’s 
moonshine pickpocket.
it doesn’t matter 
that her cracked ukulele is missing a string.



New Directions

Haircut, all of ‘em
Wash your feet once a
Reject insurance
Chickenshit advice
Follow it
Ride BART to the bottom of the barrel of the sea
Upload dementia
Procure medicinal herbs
From some
Vacant lot homie
Slap a certain special
Buy a pretzel at one of those Union Square
Hot dog stands
Offer it to
Give it up
All of it,
Enough to
Rob a fucking bank
And spend the winnings
In escape



Jay Passer’s work has appeared in print and online all over the globe since 1988. He is the author of several chapbooks, and his 2018 full-length collection, they lied to me when they said everything would be alright, from Pski’s Porch Publishing, is currently available from Amazon. Passer lives and works in San Francisco, the city of his birth.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:30