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James Croal Jackson
James Croal Jackson is the author of The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Rust + Moth, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. He has won the William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest and has been a finalist for the Princemere Poetry Prize. Find him in Columbus, Ohio or at jimjakk.com.
The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by James Croal Jackson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Nice to pretend
I have convinced myself
I know each wing on each one
Grounded I tend to speak aluminum
It is a sunny thirty
The sun beams over a painting
Believe me I want my tongue
I cannot get enough of being
Imagine a single light
so faint you must remember
Blow the dust
Play flat notes detuned
I’m a newspaper editor in Corpus Christi, Texas. I like to write poetry in my free time.
The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by Clay Carpenter and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
These neighbors you never
strange, imagining the
they decided they didn’t like
made good on the occasional
move out — you feel it now like a