Walmart Prayer

Sunlight scattered by a ceiling of clouds, then again by the curved slant of pickup truck windows into a diffuse winter light that, even in April, recommends the selection of a heavier coat, but then again it may be an illusion produced by the the narrow scene within sliding door …

RE: Your Bumper Stickers

Yes, I was smiling as I walked by, because I was looking at all those bumper stickers on your truck, and, for a second, I felt like I knew you–or at least who you wanted to be known as, though honestly even that manicured intention seemed stretched here, glossed over …

Small Towns

Overheard from a lone-lamp lit open window, while walking past, a tired voice, on the phone, “hey, are you still driving?” leaks into the dusk, carried along with the scent of grass clippings in the street, and it’s a plea and a demand and an admission of defeat all at …

American Loser

This LAND/COUNTRY/STATE/CITY/FARM/HOUSE/STOOP/HOOD/FIELD/PINEFOREST/DESERT/JUNGLE/SWAMP/COAST/RIVER/OCEAN/SKY/LIGHT/WATER/RAIL/ROAD/CAR/RIDE/TRUCK/BOAT/BIKE/BANKNOTE/PHONE/TV/SHOW/MOVIE/GAME/COMPUTER/GUN/CONSTITUTIONALRIGHT/GODGIVENRIGHT/HUMANRIGHT/SAFETY/SECURITY/FAMILY/MONEY/JEWELRY/ANIMAL/STORAGEUNIT/BUDLIGHT/OLDEENGLISH/JACKDANIELS/PINO/DOPE/DRUG/WOMAN/MAN/MCDONALDS/CLUB/MARTINI/ADDICTION/HABIT/WAY/ROUTINE/LIFESTYLE/ART/AESTHETIC/LOOK/WEBSITE/INSTAGRAMACCOUNT/FACEBOOK/TWITTER/COMMUNITY/CAUSE/SCENE/CLUB/BAR/STARBUCKS/DOLLARGENERAL/DEERHEAD/POETRY/OFFICETROPHY/EXPENSEACCOUNT/CREDITCARD/DEPARTMENTSTORE/TIEDIE/BRAND/DESIGNER/MUSIC/OPINION/INTELLIGENCE/IGNORANCE/PRIDE/FACT/LIE/FAITH/STORY/FOOD/TRADITION/LANGUAGE/JOB/PAIN/VICTORY/STRUGGLE/PUNISHMENT/PURPOSE/HERITAGE/DREAM/FATE/DAY/PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE is mine.

July 3 NYC 

New York City. I emerge from underground, look up for the sun and find the skyscrapers instead, then mutter, apparently aloud, something about assorted temples to various American gods. Then they’re your gods too, a man says. Me? You’re American, ain’t you? Well, it’s not that easy: way I see …

Television Memories

Imagine all the television shows living on like ghosts in the cacophonous subconscious of media-saturated America: the classics, yes, but also the ones that never aired for a whole season, and the ones that managed to drag on pointlessly for years, and the epoch television events that became national experiences, …

Return

We landed and it was passports and paperwork and slow moving lines, the ineffectual efficiency of government agencies observing some economics too far removed from the realities of my life for me to comprehend. We were readmitted to the country without incident. It was exactly the same as I’d left …

Inspiration

There’s this thing: I hate it. I mean I love it. Inspiration. It’s complicated. It favors you a while, you’re inseparable, it tells you these sweet lies you’re desperate to believe and it convinces you this will last forever. You accept this all too readily. It promises you the whole …

The World as I See It

I can’t help it: I watch the world, I read the news, I let all these urgent messages crash through my head. I imagine among them I hear the noise of voices straining to outshout each other’s prayers. I ignore it all, like a disgusted god like a regretful creator, totally over what he has made. …