David Hernandez – Falling but Frozen
By accident, mid-aisle, my heel
pressed against the paw of the service dog,
a bony softness as I
pivoted from one student desk to the next.
listen, he said, you ever seen a bunch of crabs in a
no, I told him.
well, what happens is that now and then one crab
will climb up on top of the others
and begin to climb toward the top of the bucket,
then, just as he’s about to escape
another crab grabs him and pulls him back
Jerry Williams – Russian Ending
As in some demented romantic comedy,
my wife and I divided the apartment in half.
She took the living room and I took the bedroom.
Bivouacked and bleeding, we waited for the lawyer
In a precisely lighted room, the CFO speaks
of start-to-start dependencies.
Says let me loop back with you.