how to pull a curtain, no hands

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alternatively, closure

when there is nothing
left to say

when the smell
goes to afterbirth

when the song turns
to shudder

when the bags pack
themselves &

make a run for it
in the middle
of the night

that chapter
is called
goodbye


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

another layer of understanding

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he thought she might be the devil

&she hoped maybe he was/
would be
for those times necessary
only
to take her apart
from the ties that bind
push her farther
onto the edges
where everything
drips
indigo blue..
i know it doesn’t make
any sense
but that was
the color
of her
dreams now


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

the basics of the superstition

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breaking light bulbs 2 at a time

something lost
      something found

how to unbecome

protect your magic
claws
anti-theft planet
(at the end of the
rabbit hole)
             poised

when the road ends
here
this is
where i’ll be

putting things where they
belong

unraveling extension cords
sweeping
under the rug


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

the choose your own adventure stories we tell ourselves

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i’ll start doing things
to get out of it–
burning a
hole in your
favorite t-shirt
ruining your
beautiful
record collection..
then i’ll remember
the only sound advice
my ex-husband
left me with

you’re not required to do
anything in this life,
except die.

all i ever
wanted to write
was a happy ending


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

to the puzzling situation which seems to involve a contradiction

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can i get that martini to go

sitting in the rain
outside the eats
it’s too loud
in the bar
with the fancy
people & the
prime rib

i go outside
down the way
to the benches
where nobody sits
with the outstanding
shrubbery & art-
etched sidewalk
that no one notices

the leaves sound off
to another year
all dry and crumbly
going on their way, i
wonder what
the world will mean
tomorrow

the sound of tread on
wet pavement
the smell of winter
coming
of finding a place
to stay for a spell

the other diners shudder by
in their quicksand agenda
i hear the last tale of flip flops
hitting the autumn concrete

it should be a new
moon tonight
the holidays loom
in the next weeks
& we shall see
if all is good


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

helicopters don’t have blind spots

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west coast notebook entry #4

assume whatever you want
when you look at me
& see
white
assume whatever you want
when you look at me
& see
a woman…
blue hair
raggedy clothes
shitty, magical jeep

doesn’t she look
slightly
ethnic–the eyes,
maybe

a sweater?
don’t judge my motherfucking sweater

i can’t get white to
turn black
or vice versa
& they’re all out
of grey

i can’t get a
moment
a patch of sky
a break
or a good deal
i can’t get whining
all too much about it

the sprinklers
are on
despite the drought

so many hands
that need washed

and as much as i’d like to
avoid
roundtable discussions
on the politicizing
of a social construct
the city won’t quiet
its desperation to manipulate
borders within borders
within borders

studies show–
even the helicopters
are in on it


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

multisensory delivery mechanism

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in a sense, exact

just keep writing
sensory input
because i’m kind of
at a loss.
glass-encased
seeping heat
space, a bubble
the world turns outside only
twice a day
a snowglobe on a timer
what do we do with this time
as important
as any
yeah?
there are holes in
the telephone pole out front
maybe a squirrel colony
it’s a thin coat of vanilla
frosting
as far as the eye can see
any moment now
you’ll be home
home
is that something i’m interested in?
like no other this
makes
perfect sense


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

bow not included

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what do i write anymore
but epic craigslist masterpieces
that get flagged
for being impossible

actionable items only please

the holidays came and went
mourning for the dead
mourning for the living

we eat til it hurts
even if it already did

missed connections
misunderstandings

the world’s a mess
but there’s always
the clearance aisle


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

after a long period of abnormally low

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enough

abundance, it rains
on this sleepy saturday drought
cracks in the sidewalk
and everywhere else
filling up

it was there lurking
clouds heavy with promise
the somber and unrepentant jazz
the lips moments from the kiss
the sweet surrender
that lone trumpet sounding
the all-clear
the alright
with what we already had
right here


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.

you’re probably going to worry about the wrong thing like bears or sodomites. so just don’t worry

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taking my chances in bear country

remember which hand
you touched the door
with
remember the handi-wipes
next
time
remember that the fires burning
can be either a light to
follow back
or away

the fog rolls in

we’re walking in a
cloud now


Michele McDannold is the author of Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days, a book of poetry available from PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS. She was the Editor-in-Chief at Red Fez Publications for five years and is currently the editor/publisher at Citizens for Decent Literature. She has an extensive collection of flannel and rubber chicken heads. For more, please visit michelemcdannold.com.