never planned for much, really

money is nice

not spending much of it

gets to pick roles now

monogamy being one

still lives on south side, one bedroom

no car

has to show up

jamming with friends

playing transports

former second stringer

to starter at rolling stone

his soul releases its fears

stage fright still problematic,

inherited achilles heal

like his immigrant family

son of serious evangelicals

rebelled, as all do,

abandoned the faith

after screaming arguments

acting like it never happened

on his way to hell, then

malevolent storm destroyed his home

with him in it, reformed

demons driven out

ran away to just be

actor he always was

able to transport even others

to his frank reality

making them see

what they are not supposed to



“An artist is somebody who produces things that people

don’t need to have.”- Andy Warhol


by Dan Jacoby


Dan Jacoby is a graduate of St. Louis University, Chicago State University, and Governors State University. He has published poetry in Anchor and Plume(Kindred), Arkansas Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Bombay Gin, Burningword Literary Review, Canary, Indiana Voice Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Steel Toe Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and Red Fez to name a few. He is a former educator, steel worker, and army spook.. He is a member of the Carlinville Writers Guild . Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He is currently looking for a publisher for a collection of poetry.

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