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sucks having a kid who doesn’t like chocolate and wife with an eating disorder, sucks even more not being intimidated by anyone no more to look up to                     boys next door                     kick the shit out of each other                     fish back peddling in fish bowl   o all those old girlfriends like radio stations kept on all day for when you come home                        like pressing your ear up against the wall of the soul                     of the gut of the internal organ of the cicada of the tree frog                     of the robin when they show up at dusk and start buzzing on your lawn   whitman’s oars and pirate sails drift past playground into the whale                       nothing ever                     moves out                     here   blue phone rings ‘neath housekeeper’s bed you’re the kennedy kid they failed to mention kept secretly hidden and conveniently forgotten                       catered by hysterical relatives                     at philanthropic luncheons with thousands of hats                     getting thrown in the ring in the hopes of being forgiven   the hurricanes finally show up and come in the form of brats and bullies trying to make the moves on daughters who simply get instantly turned off and tape up their windows                       you find yourself contented flipping burgers in the hail                     with a mad smile far more real far more normal than any of these                     mechanical men strapped down to lawnmowers in their own worlds   barely breathing with khaki shorts  on pulled up to their belly buttons the exact same day exact same                       hour grasping onto their light beer                     like some unattractive non-seductive                     geisha girl manning fan without sex appeal   all days should end in thunder with the squeal of summer bugs.

Joseph Reich is a social worker who works out in the state of Massachusetts: A displaced New Yorker who sincerely does miss dissplace, most of all the Thai food, Shanghai Joe's in Chinatown, the fresh smoothies on Houston Street, and bagels and bialy's of The Lower East Side. He has been published in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad and his most recent books include, "A Different Sort Of Distance" (Skive Magazine Press) "If I Told You To Jump Off The Brooklyn Bridge" (Flutter Press) "Escaping Shangrila" (Punkin House Press) "Obscure Aphorisms On A Fine Overcast Day" (Lummox Press) "The Derivation Of Cowboys & Indians" (Poet Works Press) and "Drugstore Sushi" (Thunderclap Press)

Profile for Burner Magazine

Burner Magazine, issue 01 (September 2010)  

The inaugural issue of Burner Magazine, which aims to take the boring out of the literary and arts scenes.

Burner Magazine, issue 01 (September 2010)  

The inaugural issue of Burner Magazine, which aims to take the boring out of the literary and arts scenes.

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