“cross” by Dan Jacoby

“Manhattan Beach II” by Allen Forrest, oil on canvas

third day of a seven day binge
party line is
take him to confession
kind of….sometimes…..maybe
faith’s last stand
up for the down stroke
need for adrenalin rush
to elevate the moment
mistake not to engage others
should run towards that shit
breath in new long vowels
into some old words
come up with new nickname
stop surfing underground
old boots in new dirt
heading for newtown beach
to pull the sea air over him
and soak off
all the old mattress labels



Dan Jacoby was born in 1947 in Chicago. He is a graduate of St. Louis University and has published poetry in Badlands Literary Journal, Belle Rev Review, Black Heart Press, Bombay Gin, Canary, Chicago Literati, Cowboy Poetry Press, Floyd County Moonshine, Indiana Voice Journal, Haunted Waters Press, Deep South Magazine, Lines and Stars, Red Booth Review, The Tishman Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Steel Toe Review, Red Fez, and the Vehicle. He is a member of the American Academy of Poets.

Read an interview with Dan here.