I’m not sure why Michael Caine is picking up
my wife tonight but I behave like a gentleman,
complimenting her new blue dress, escorting her
down the driveway, small-talking about what movie
we’ll watch when she comes home. Michael Caine
climbs from the creamy stretch limousine, greets her
with a British witticism, joins her in the back seat.
His chauffeur accelerates up the hill toward
a purple sunset while I remain alone under the trees,
an actor wondering if he’ll have a role in the sequel,
leaves drifting around him like illegible script.
teaches in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he and his wife, the writer Maureen Sherbondy, live in Durham. His poetry and fiction are published in The American Journal of Poetry, Baltimore Review, Best New Poets, Broad River Review, Connecticut River Review, KYSO Flash, New Ohio Review, Poetry East, and Rattle.
Critical Thinking, short fiction (1,160 words) by Barry Peters in
Baltimore Review (Summer 2018)
How Miriam Became a Poet, micro-fiction in KYSO Flash
(Issue 10, Fall 2018)
Fingers, flash fiction in KYSO Flash (Issue 10,
“Fingers” is among 100 personal favorites on
Clare’s List, selected from among a thousand works published
in KYSO Flash over the course of six years.