by Jesse Anger
Smokers sketch-out on the corner
and sirens beat the flickering air
like frantic hands. Peeling posters
gone sepia over time— blank stares.
Head for 20 bones. Void
transfers twist, and gutter leaves
elicit fear. The paranoid
pick up pirate frequencies—
Shadow-wars under the cars,
prying eyes in every tree.
The Jesus complex streaming in—
In fetid alcoves smokers pace
figure 8-balls in their heads.
Jokers, knaves, hookers, fakes.
As dawn dissolves they crack their necks
and flail their pockets for a piece:
scrape and trick and steal or pick—
anything to hear God’s voice
while sucking on the Devil’s dick.
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