Weekly poem on Trump Presidency



life cycle of the american boy


one day, Jesus was bored in heaven
so he opened a chain of successful microbreweries
when men die, he takes their blood
separates the goodness from the toxicity
uses the goodness to make the best craft beer
but the bad stuff still falls through the cracks in clouds
whenever it rains in America, it’s not really rain
it’s leftover toxicity from dead men
dripping right into the mouths of undead boys
they quickly become addicted to the taste, it’s all they ever crave  

preschool boys collect all the nails scattered in the basements of their fathers
preteen boys make hammers in a video game wilderness of e-cigs & terrorist monsters
teenage boys throw parties that are really funerals & crucify girls in soundproof bedrooms
frat boys learn to unlove all that is lovely, make it the enemy & split it up in shatterproof tombs
they grow up to be judges, handcuff their rage to the wind, blow it across the crying land
so they can spread their guilt, turn back the hands of time, shake Liberty so she can’t stand
then they laugh as she tries pulling herself back up wobbling like a skyscraper on fire
then they pray to Jesus to clear all the smoke from courtrooms as daughters get called liars
then they sift through the ash looking for unsaid words still clinging to life on burnt tongues
then they slice em off with old knives & scoop em up with old spoons, then they eat the dawn


Justin Karcher is a poet and playwright born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He is the author of Tailgating at the Gates of Hell(Ghost City Press, 2015), the chapbook When Severed Ears Sing You Songs (CWP Collective Press, 2017), the micro-chapbook Just Because You've Been Hospitalized for Depression Doesn't Mean You're Kanye West (Ghost City Press, 2017), Those Who Favor Fire, Those Who Pray to Fire (EMP, 2018) with Ben Brindise, and Bernie Sanders Broke My Heart and I Turned into an Iceberg (Ghost City Press, 2018). He is also the editor of Ghost City Review and co-editor of the anthology My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (BlazeVOX [books], 2017). He tweets @Justin_Karcher.


illustration:  anna_croc01

illustration: anna_croc01