C. Derick Varn is a poet, podcaster, and teacher now living in Salt Lake City. His first collection, Apocalyptics, is available from Unlikely Books. He was a poetry reviewer for the Hong Kong Review of Books, and currently edits the online literary journal, Former People. He also reads theory and nonfiction for Zero Books and is a podcast co-host and co-producer for Pop the Left and Mortal Science. Derick recommends the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Doctors without Borders.
I fake solemnity and self-negation, finish my meal.
Mosquito swarm about my face, sweat beads on
my brow. Emptiness was more fun to write about
before navigating the corridors of cancer wards, orderlies