Her laughter escalated

into muted hysteria,

lasting a second too long,

like an unfortunate accident,

a gasp, an inhalation

with throat muscles constricting,

breasts heaving,

shoulders shaking.

A moment of mirth

escaped unawares,

triggered by happenstance,

initially apologized for,

then later

subtly savored.


by Gary Glauber

Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. In 2013, he took part in Found Poetry Review’s Pulitzer Remix Project. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His collection, Small Consolations, is coming from The Aldrich Press in 2015.

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