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Cover image: Touch Monkey - by Stuart Dischell

Touch Monkey
by Stuart Dischell

32 pages, soft cover, stapled

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from Touch Monkey


In my skylit rental
Rain filled the pots and pans
I went from room to room
Like a poisoned mouse
Man in pajamas
Man in slippers
Man wanting breakfast and
A pretty face at the table.
Bad weather was in the air.
News in sawed-off blasts.
Jackals stitching the periphery
Seized the weakest of the herd.
The temperature dropped.
I stubbed my toe.
The furnace shuddered.
Balloons of my breath
Hung curses in the hall,
And out the window the look
On the trees was not funny
With their ice coated branches
Or what the night would pull
From its sleeve. Into this
I took my famous broken heart for a walk.



Stuart Dischell author photoStuart Dischell is the author of Good Hope Road, a 1991 National Poetry Series Selection, (Viking, 1993), Evenings & Avenues (Penguin, 1996), Dig Safe (Penguin, 2003), and Backwards Days (Penguin, 2007)—and the chapbook Animate Earth (Jeanne Duval Editions,1988). He teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Greensboro.