it takes all kinds — just what in the holy hell does that really mean


an accurate description of work yesterday

walked right up to that house full of pit bulls and tiki torches
he’s wearing a dress code that can be concealed but today
it’s warm &
the full sleeves, profane skin
all the wretched hate on display

how does this happen

smiled as he held the puppy
pleasant, more so than many
am i taller? this can’t be
am i growing, is the floor sinking??

i am the most considerate out of body experience
we won’t even tell anyone i am smiling
alice? where are you
please help

heyyMichele 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


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