young dog

standing in the blocks

four blue bills working

in against a cigar smoke call

once more around

try to take them

tree high shots

tipped one and feathers

out of another

but the steel shot

fails me

they are gone

like mad buddists

westing to the timber

only the grey spent husks

to show for


normal heart


day has a playlist

heartfelt grooves

breaks creative logjams

emphasizes flaws

errors honored

as hidden intentions

sing into the sadness

canons for life

makes a tasty soul


write a catchy tune

about a nerve induced asthma attack

don’t miss a beat

wage a heavy peace as

going around corners is scary

see it with new eyes

get into woodworking

follow hockey in church basements

crush the capsule


life is a godzilla disaster movie

success beat you down

tough to imagine

ever being young

an original american horror story

billionaires in birkenstocks

johnny cash not being played

on country radio

teenage jesus jerks in cowboy hats


creative people don’t always turn out

to be interesting

like chance meetings in london tube

someone called amy

conversation like watching sausage

and politics being made

world just gets tinier

it used to be a stage

a private confessional


by Dan Jacoby


Dan Jacoby is a graduate of St. Louis University. He has published poetry in Belle Rev Review, Black Heart Press, Canary, Chicago Literati, Clockwise Cat, Indiana Voice Journal, Haunted Waters Press, Deep South Magazine, Lines and Stars, Red Booth Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Steel Toe Review, Red Fez and the Vehicle. He has work soon to be published in Bombay Gin, Dead Flowers, Floyd County Moonshine, Maudlin House, R.KV.R.Y., and theTishman Review.. He is a member of the American Academy of Poets.

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