Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)

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trading a brown bag beer
from the rite-aid
for a cold
one
in my sweater..
i told you these are
important decisions.
gliding down sunset blvd
when the gradients are just right
the differently-abled humps her walker
at the bus stop
blowing devotions
at the moon sky
& all the while
that twinkle in her eye
a judgment on the navigational
misfortune
of too many things in a day
we are what we wish for hard enough

only in LA, baby
only in LA

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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.

meeting a friend

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that first night.

brought in from the rain,
from the dark..
down old highways
over the bridged river.
windows– none,
and county roads
slimmer than one and a half
rugged tires
and fresh bug juice,
a constant current not
the kind that crackles
the kind that maintains.
air thick with it
does not move without
your motion.
cutting through
quite specifically,
navigated
to a bowling alley bar.
you drunk
in from the chicago train,
already wearing your intended’s ring
yet
fresh from a disappointing search
for another.
i suppose you figured
what the hell.
as did i.


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.

hulk sort of strength

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very tired but can’t sleep. also, must more driving. sleeping and driving not advised. thinking about how judgy i was recently seeing families, homeless on the road. horror, mostly ..but there was that tinge of how could you let this happen– because you get this hulk sort of strength regarding your children? i’d say yeah and yet not invincible. systems fail fail fail and some people don’t have any fallback. they just don’t. so i guess just to say a sincere heartfelt thank you to those who have helped me and mine along the way. #thatspoetry

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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.

if you want to go far

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mattress

back by sometime still called monday

we travel by landmark and compass
an itinerary that
not only includes
but demands
getting lost

what’s needed
is
highly re-evaluated

we have friends in every port–
some will pull through
and some will
forget what day it is

piss by the side of the road
carry various weaponary
but most importantly
always carry a can opener

you do have to know
a stranger when you see one

be careful out there
safe travels, all that

clues to watch out for are:
uniforms.
and anyone else sunk so low
all they have is
it’s us or them..
look for desperation
never forget crazy
and anyone thinking they
have/need/are
power.
the bloodlust riffs off them
loud as sirens, those ones

sometimes they come with smiles
but still
you usually know.

-Michele McDannold 3/26/15


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.