piles upon piles

of butchered meats

gone rot

 

greet the day

with a mug of coffee

& one small chalk

white pill

 

it’s easy enough

to distain everyone

living simply for the fact

they’re still alive.

 

but i’m trying on

this new thing

where i’m madly in love

with the world.

 

it looks something like

an old pair of glasses

a good woman died in

 

i’ll let you know

how it goes. thus far

results are inconclusive

 

besides the piles

of meat that have begun

arriving on my doorstep

 

that must be salted

or cured fast

before they’ve turned

into sad little apartments

 

 

sam sax
is a 2015 NEA Fellow and finalist for The Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He’s a poetry Fellow at The Michener Center for Writers where he serves as the Editor-in-chief of Bat City Review. He’s the two time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion & author of the chapbooks, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters (Button Poetry, 2014) + sad boy / detective (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) + All The Rage (SRP, 2016). His poems are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Boston Review, Indiana Review, Pleiades, New England Review, Poetry Magazine, other journals.

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