Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Three Pieces by Joseph Goosey


There are holes in the walls
of my mouth. I get nervous, well,
not nervous but frightened
of conversation sometimes
as though the other person
will immediately, without warning,
begin to list in chronological
order everything shameful
I have done or
will do and it is night and
cold and a good time
to observe cars passing
and old deteriorating women
stealing the companies' petunias
from the pots. The wind sounds
a bell and I might not be around
to bury my two cats,
Oscar and Katy.


Bookstore Credit

It is 9:20AM
and I am scurrying along
the walls
of downtown.

There is a crate in my hand.
The crate is filled with hardbound books.
Some books were purchased
for one dollar, others for thirty.
Some books were found,
others stolen.

I am going to see
if maybe I can sell
any of them
back to a used
from which I take
free beer
in exchange
for reading poems

It is raining.
I don't think I have ever seen
so much fucking rain
on a Florida
I am shielding the books
from the rain with the shirt
off of my back.
I might be crying but
I wouldn't know
one way or another
of the rain.

There passes a lawyer,
here a doctor,
a gallery owner,
a maker of sandwiches.
Some look in my direction,
others pretend
not to.

I walk into the bookstore.

A bell sounds
to signal
my arrival.

The man, the dry man,
puts most of the books back
into my crate.

He says
we have


He asks
cash or book-


I want the credit
so badly but
I need the cash.
Without it,
I may not make it
home and
my girl might go

He says
9 dollars

I say OK but
it really is not
OK at all.

My crate and I
venture back out
into the rain.

There is nothing, really,
that can be written
in response
to such


No Family

Cars go streaming by
with Church
cut Christmas
tied firmly
to their

There is a hole
in my lip

I spit pink upon the bricks.


Yes. You do the same.

No. No family coming in.

Yes. It will be

Joseph Goosey recently discovered how little joy can be found in the
fruits of literary labors. Also, he has a chapbook available via
Poptritus Press.He thanks you for reading.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Awesome stuff!!!
I will be back again soon.