"the glimmer"

February 28, 2019

or consider your father’s suicide from

the safety of 25 years away


set your own failures against his


sleep through december

        through january and february


take whatever pills you can find

burn whatever you need to keep warm and

then wake up lost on the morning the

flood finally creeps into your house


look for your youngest son

but his room is empty


answer the phone with the

proper amount of fear in your voice


always these goddamned ghosts on the

other end of the line

laughing at the bloodsoaked mess

your life has become



john sweet, b 1968, still numbered among the living.  A believer in writing as catharsis.    Opposed to all organized religion and political parties.  His latest collections include HEATHEN TONGUE (2018 Kendra Steiner Editions) and A BASTARD CHILD IN THE KINGDOM OF NIL (2018 Analog Submission Press).  All pertinent facts about his life are buried somewhere in his writing.

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