I deleted your emails. Thereby shifting

a weight like Manhattan

off my head.


I prefer my incoherence

in more creative ways, like

sending postcards to people

I no longer trust. Telling them

everything’s fine. The ammo’s stacked,

The meat's been salted. I stand in rank.

Ready to serve.

Poems and music criticism by Mike Jurkovic have appeared or are forthcoming globally, but have generated no reportable income. He has published two chapbooks: Purgatory Road (Pudding House Press, 2010) and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthologies include WaterWrites & Riverine (Codhill Press, 2009, 2007) and Will Work For Peace (Zeropanik, 1999). Mike facilitates the VP, Calling All Poets Series in Beacon, NY. He is the producer of CAPSCASTS, recordings from Calling All Poets, which is available at Music features, interviews & CD reviews of his appear in Elmore Magazine and the Van Wyck Gazette. For more, see