Publisher: Maverick Duck Press
Sad Town was my second chapbook, and below is a sample poem from the collection. This poem was inspired by one of my favorite short stories, "The Lady With the Toy Dog," by Anton Chekhov.
This morning you are like Chekhov
at Yalta, coughing up a lung, a wooden
bowl of apples on the table beside you.
Summer porch, air that should cleanse,
the indelicacy of sickness, the short breaths
of so many intimations—all you can do
is watch the lady with the toy dog go by
though you’ve known her and she
has loved you—or it was another girl
like her, her love the blushing kind,
fretful, summer dresses and bare feet,
eating all your little apples to the core while
you slept, while you slept and devoured her.
--Originally appeared in Blue Earth Review