Underwater Breathing Apparatus

Big Hat Lady over in the corner wonders why
everybody’s staring at her. She’s a common
fencepost as far as I can tell.
When we were kids driving to school,
M told me his family didn’t believe
in caskets but pine boxes in unmarked plots,
which stuck with me until now, and now
that I can forget death, friends are having babies.
I’m not sure I can forgive them.
Z says the imagination is cyclical and amoral.
Knowing why I’m sad does not eliminate sadness.
It’s like loving this city or needing
to win the lottery. A sermon on the tv
on God, Guns, Gospel, and Geometry
proves my theory of restlessness.
In the same breath teachers say young readers
just don’t like Holden
as much as they used to, and even cheerleaders fall
victim to the budget crisis now and again.















S p r i n g G u n P r e s s 2009





Alexis Orgera
Dear Polymath
Underwater Breathing Apparatus
Love Poem

Michael Flatt
The World of Darkness

Jordan Windholz
The Psalmist's Journal

Aaron Angello
The Rufus Poems

Stephen Graham Jones
The Wages: An Argument
In the Beginning

John Paul Stadler

Adam Petersen
Theodore Roosevelt
Jesse Owens

Andrew Farkas
On the Road to the Great City

Todd Seabrook
Lollipop Noose