The Small World

Theo lived in the same house from birth to age 18. It was born when he was born, a dull three-bedroom, woodland brown brick veneer, burnt umber tiled roof, beige walls with mission brown skirting. Five or four poplar trees, two tall and full, the others scraggly and defeated, unevenly spaced along the footpath, they […]

Sunset hanging

I push my bike off into the little street and glide through a perfect dusk: The sun holding its breath for me behind house-shaped voids that suck at my glistening ghost with their guilt-puckered lips. Around my neck are wrapped the fears of the good folk of this great nation. Worms: clinging milky white threads on screens and in dreams, nocturnal emissions from their […]

Northcote Epiphany

As I walk past the Antiochan Orthodox Church a warm rich cloud of many people singing together Outside a man in his only suit smoking, hand in pocket shoulder curved against a bitter wind from Antarctica He nods at me the same question in his eyes I answer him with a quarter smile and keep […]

Gay Psychic French Bulldog

The wise old French bulldog paws at his human’s shin, fish eyes pleading I know how he feels filled with want psychically gaunt with needs unmet And yet physically shaking with love for a master eating pasta oblivious to the piteous face of an adoring fan who was and is and forever shall be ignored […]

Music is the only thing

This body can’t produce its own music so I supplement with aural content that was never meant as a substitute for social interaction job satisfaction sexual attraction familial affection long hugs good drugs or pugs Beats fit between the rails that vibrate peripherally while I stare at my feet each pulse a piece of sweet […]

River Stone

Heavy heavy never left alone the dead drone of a life lived less My need for a place to rest Reaps a cheap compromise With those who own my hands and eyes Submerged in this river since before I was born Mind torn between the surface and the darkness below Dragged through the mud with […]

The Finger

A girl on the train Rearranging her apps The little icons shiver in the air-conditioning Behind her, poised Above a white hot void My finger Like a sword Waiting to fall On a rope made of fears Tied to the weight Of thirty-five years Are you sure you want to proceed? Isn’t there a whole other […]

Gods 1 and 2

How many more years? Watching other people make miracles There’s probably at least one little miracle waiting inside me But I don’t think I could take the pain And nothing good comes from a cesarean I thought I saw God that morning We looked out towards the sand dunes The ocean roared Wasn’t that God? […]