Destry Rides Again

Looking forward to looking forward to a nice,
quiet death. Can I be particular about it?

Extinguishing smoking cigarettes in empty
library halls has destroyed more wonderful

seconds; I have been shot up and through
with liberty’s valence, before.

Looking forward to looking forward to a nice,
quiet life. Can I be particular about it?

Jimmy Stewart was the finest actor Indiana,
PA ever birthed—close to calling what

we do galavanting across the city, though not
until having white milk with morning pepsi.

Re-awarded a twenty-nineteen-submerging-
poets-fellowship solely on the basis of this

stabbing sensation in my middle-aged, book
peddler’s back—without everyday monkey-

wrenching, cynicism loses a certain sort of
charm.

Looking forward to looking forward to a nice,
quiet poem. Can I be particular about it?