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“Gary Percesepe drops you into an ambiguous world and pulls you back, still reeling.”
Heather Cox, author of California King
one year the men all dressed in sherbet colored
summer suits of purest linen
it was the year i fell in love with a
i went home to new york
to escape something ...
the woman in my dream
but keep each other warm
through long winter nights
texting and emailing and shipping
drafts back and forth in cyberspace
writers in love
a frozen river
women named gabriella
a low cut little black dress
on which my watery eyes linger
addicted to a few things
I don’t remember
her name, the girl I
mean, but if you see
her would you tell her
for me that it’s OK to be
an out of towner when
you look like Catherine
New York, New York
Aren’t you acting terribly pre-9/11?
Someone has to smile at her as she
comes back from the bathroom. I can’t
say I’m sorry.
eleanor roosevelt waddled up with franklin
all smiles and top-hatted, his long cigarette holder
canted at a precarious angle and whacking
dick cheney with his cane
life is a single page
an hour badly spent or
maybe one long afternoon
the shattered sound of summer thunderstorms
tearing beneath us
as we speed back by
we drove in silence
swallowed the headlights
at coney island
Q: Is it possible to stay too long in a marriage?
A: Of course.
Q: Do you know it at the time?
A: Not always.
Q: Why do you stay too long?
A: Because you remember and because you are afraid.
Love, An Inquiry
What was unspoken between us continued as before. I orbited
in the Miami River valley, you tanned and did hot yoga in Jersey.
In These Rooms
I thought of my wife alone
in the big old house in the
last hour of light.
The house has gaping
the news from brooklyn
Once, in high school, I knew where I wanted to go. This was during my senior year. In class, our history teacher apologized profusely for what was coming.
Hot chocolate, china. Why not. And this wee bread I
found at Kroger packaged in half a loaf for divorced men.