Withdrawal by Nate Pritts

All the leaves on the trees
are yellow             explosions.
They’re dead or they’re dying.

It’s too beautiful to process
            & it never relents.

I look out over the lake
filled with so many chemicals.
The water is grey             like the sky
            is grey             like even
the grass. I can feel the war

I know nothing will be left.

I create a fake Facebook profile
so I can check on the people
who I’ve blocked or who blocked me.

I name him Robert Lowell.

Enemies upon enemies.

I can’t believe             this is my Wednesday
afternoon activity.
                                    There’s too much

psychic backlash             these people
interacting             with my persona.
I telephone my boss             tell her
            I can’t teach any classes today

since I have already seen how this ends.


Nate Pritts is the author of six books of poems, most recently Right Now More Than Ever. His poetry & prose have been widely published at places like Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Passages North, Court Green & Rain Taxi where he frequently contributes reviews. He founded H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press, in 2001 & serves as Director & Prime Architect for its various endeavors.