Tender Bridges

Tender Bridges

Before, I was assistant manager of a discount shoe outlet. At least now I am the boss of something. Our mother named us after presidents.

Gutted Hallways, Hallelujah

Gutted Hallways, Hallelujah

I’m on my knees while Olive plaits my curls, a dozen candles flirting with the air in this small bedroom.

Bindles

Bindles

Cocaine, marijuana, hashish, heroin, pills and alcohol. I don’t recall seeing most of these substances, but in stories my parents have shared with me, I’ve come to imagine them as omni-present.

Two Poems

Two Poems

I’m complicit, I know. It’s our affair, our thin promise to do and not do this again.

Body Body Head

Body Body Head

Prizefighting wasn’t about black and it wasn’t about blue; it was about how you lived the hues between.

Life Inside A Kaleidoscope

Life Inside A Kaleidoscope

My only instruction was: “Do what you are told.” In other words, I did what no one else wanted to do.