The margins of a genome,
routing chromosomal ways
both meager and mighty,
featured and forsaken.
A genetic lodging,
a blueprinted barn
of tendered tendencies,
a loge seat with views
of all previous act’s actors.
Silent fingerprints suddenly
birth questions into being.
Like a digital hound
rooting out hiding places,
reports bark findings
to humans not always ready
to fully hear or interpret.
Proteins expose secrets
of those who came before—
shocking revelations of
cellular skeletons in
blood’s digital closet.
Traces tie fast together
into knots you cannot
recognize: undeniably you.
With equal parts anxious
confusion and excitement,
you join the sordid mess
of sloppy humanity’s
sick thicket of broken branches
within the forest of family trees.
The barking grows louder;
you awaken from cold sweat
to unforgiving sun shining light
on newly admissible details
that alibis of years can’t refute.
The evidence is damning;
someone’s knocking at the door.
is a widely published poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist,
who champions the masked underdog while negotiating life’s socially distant
absurdities. He has four poetry collections in print: Small Consolations
(Aldrich Press, 2015), Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press, 2017), Rocky
Landscape With Vagrants (Cyberwit.net, 2020), and A Careful Contrition
(Shanti Arts Publishing, 2021). He is also the author of two chapbooks: Memory
Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and The Covalence
of Equanimity (SurVision Books, 2020), the latter of which was a winner
of the 2019 James Tate International Poetry Prize.
Another Bad Year for Florida Man, poem in Issue 1 of MacQ
(January 2020) which we nominated for Best of the Net 2020
Two Poems in Cultural Weekly (16 May 2018):
“The Unearthing” and “Luggage”
A Capitol Idea, micro-fiction in KYSO Flash (Issue 12,
The Sum of Three Parts During a Humdinger, micro-fiction in
KYSO Flash (Issue 12, Summer 2019)