27 July 2008 | Vol. 8, No. 2

the man in the glass vise

people say that

the fate of the lost gas-station-bathroom key

will determine his afterlife.

he examines the epistemology

of fortune cookies    of rocking chairs

of parked cars           of sanitariums—

the newspaper smells like moth-balls & tells nothing.

chalk it up to _____.

everyday people get annoyed when _____.

just as the first dinner

after a difficult hour,

so with the wind's scratch & the calendar.

sometimes he counts just to count.

About the author:

Cade Collum is the author of two chapbooks titled The Dogs of Havana (Red Hydra Press, 2008) and Lion-Froth Crown (Red Hydra Press, forthcoming). His poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in Vulcan and Ginosko. He received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he is currently living and working as a full-time Instructor.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Cade Collum at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 8, No. 2, where "the man in the glass vise" ran on July 27, 2008. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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