Aug 19, 2012


The last days of summer wind down and I find myself wound up something fierce. Huh.

Uploaded some poems to make up for my lack of blogging.

Aug 17, 2012

Apartment Cleaning

I hold back the sun again
 as I soap up the windows.
The daylight kept at bay.

Each Sunday brings reprise of
this most mundane ritual:
a regular exercise,
but one in futility.

Yet if not for my efforts
we'd be tsunami victims,
drowned in glossy magazines
and new credit card offers.

Everything was clean once.
Now, I am down on my knees,
sweeping up loose hair and crumbs.

Aug 15, 2012


Today, 150,000 people died of natural causes

                        because starvation is natural when there isn't enough food to eat
                        and the immune system's natural response to abnormalities is to beat
                                    whatever it is to death, despite damage to the self
                        and fire was discovered, not invented
                        and jealousy is a natural response to wealth.

Aug 12, 2012

Poem About Abraham Sutzkever's Child

Mameh is looking at the men with the big black boots
She is not blinking and I,
I am so hungry

I ask for something to eat
Tug at her pant leg
and I win a fish

The fish tastes good and I bite in
It is slimy on my teeth
I begin to chew

But there is a loud sound
Something warm hits me in the head
There is ringing and my fish has no taste

I go into the big hole without Mameh
She is not blinking and I,
I am not hungry anymore

Aug 10, 2012

First impressions matter

Swing your best foot forward
into a sewing needle

Under the big toenail it slips,
punctures flesh on the underside.
The needle eye's thread, long and white,
stitching together two red lips

immobilized but all the while
are oh-so-desperate to scream.
Yet instead, the ends of the seam
lift awkwardly
into a smile.

Aug 8, 2012

Top 20 Reasons to Do Anything

Top 5 Reasons to Hate Someone
5. Money (a lot)
4. Infidelity
3. Revenge
2. Obligation
1. Musical tastes

Top 5 Reasons to Love Someone
5. Money (a lot)
4. Fidelity
3. Religion
2. Obligation
1. Loneliness

Top 5 Reasons to Murder Someone
5. Money (a lot)
4. Infidelity
3. Revenge
2. Survival
1. Mario Kart

Top 5 Reasons to Marry Someone
5. Money (a lot)
4. Fidelity
3. Revenge
2. Survival
1. Disney movies