Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Three Poems



mother, disco dancing at my bar mitzvah
with her gynecologist, then the guy
who delivered me
cutting in …

World Series Tickets

World Series Tickets

“i had manny
lean on mushkin …”

What You Did When Your Wife Left for a Little While to Visit Her Mom in the Bronx

What You Did When Your Wife Left for a Little While to Visit Her Mom in the Bronx

rearranged crooked pictures on the wall
couldn’t find the cocktail sauce, the brillo
          i used to really like that song “rhinestone cowboy” by glen campbell…

Joseph Reich is a social worker who works out in the strange state of grace of Massachusetts: A displaced New Yorker who sincerely does miss diss place, most of all the Thai food, Shanghai Joe’s in Chinatown, the fresh smoothies on Houston Street, and bagels and bialys of the Lower East Side. He has a wife and a handsome little son with a nice mop of dirty blond hair, and when they all get a bit older, he hopes to take them back to play, to pray, to contemplate in the parks and playgrounds of New York City. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in such literary journals as Poesy, Dispatch Detroit, Falling Star, Color Wheel, Bareback, And Then, Grafitti Rag, Main Street Rag, Bouillabaisse, Decanto, Rogue’s Scholar, Poetry Motel, The Beat, The Potomac, Poetry Super Highway, Panic Brixton Poetry, Istanbul Literature Review, The Taj Mahal Review, Stirring, Sugar Mule, Juked, No Record, Inscribed, Glass: A Poetry Review, CC & D, Down In The Dirt, Ascent Aspirations, Right Hand Pointing, Why Vandalism? The Cerebral Catalyst, Cause & Effect, Subtle Tea, Yippie, ESC! Magazine, The Oak Bend Review, Opium, Problem Child, Sein Un Werden, Denver Syntax, Paradigm, Paradigm Shift, Mad Swirl, Houston Literary Review, Words-Myth, Literary Mary, Side Of Grits, Gloom Cupboard, Motel 58, Cherry Bleeds, Poet Works, Jukebox, Neonbeam, Burning River, Third Wednesday, The Philosophical Society Of England, Gold Dust, The Battered Suitcase, The Iguana Review, Spot Literary Journal, Breadcrumb Scabs, Semaphore, The Delinquent, SALit, The Wichita Falls Literature & Arts Review, Ottawa Arts Review, Mirrors Magazine, Puffin Circus, Scawy Munstur, River Poet’s Journal and The American Drivel Review.

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Other Things That Are Killing Me Softly The slow, insidious destruction of the middle class.



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