Jeff Weddle

Jeff Weddle

Jeff Weddle is a more or less reasonable human being. He is the author of nine books, and co-author of one other. He mostly writes poetry, but fiction and non-fiction sometimes escape. His most recent books include Dead Man’s Hand (Poetic Justice Books, 2019), A Puncher’s Chance (Rust Belt Press, 2019), and Citizen Relent (Unlikely Books, 2019). He won the 2007 Eudora Welty Prize for Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press (University Press of Mississippi, 2007). Jeff teaches in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama.

like silly promises
of love and always
in the vast and hungry
empty
burning night.

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the people arguing
and the people asleep on benches
and some saw it coming
and thought they could fix things or hide
maybe escape

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Keep it close
to the bone, boy.
Keep the blade busy.
You were never
going to be their darling
so what have you got to lose?

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