Afterlife by Douglas Piccinnini


try to land on a flower
some creature called
a weed and unwanted

try to understand: “a policy
is the abstraction
of ‘good’ intentions”

            move up a life
            move back two lives

try not to think of how
a day half-consoled
kneels at the horizon.


Douglas Piccinnini is a writer and chef living in Lambertville, NJ. He is the author of Blood Oboe (Omnidawn, 2015) and Story Book: a novella (The Cultural Society, 2015). His work has been featured by The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Aufgabe, Lana Turner,, Prelude, Seattle Review, Verse and The Volta.