by Jesse Anger

She’s been watching me,
infomercial-light tracking
across my face.

Nothing clicks like a clutch
of insects. Mute. Something’s there.
Swivel-eyes come up empty.

She’s been following my
series of reruns.
She knows I’ll never use a gun

or stroke her hair.
Beyond suspicion now,
I get myself half hard

while she stuffs another
zucchini through the juicer.
She makes me the offer

dead in the eye.
She wants me, too.
The signal breaking up—

contact service provider.
It’s because I know
she wants me to order now

At 4:18 am— each eye a black
screen of restless
light, programing in progress cuts

back in from the blue.
Her channel’s on
in high definition.


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Far Too Close by Jesse Anger is a composite of Blasted Tree originals and previously published work. For information about the publication history of Far Too Close, please read the Acknowledgements (Acknowledgements & Thanks).

ISBN [Digital]: 978-0-9938364-7-3

Cover Design by Kyle Flemmer - Cover Image by Dimitri Castrique