Whore of a Muse by Brian Rosenberger

At times, he wonders if it’s worth it.

Never knowing his audience, if and by whom, his work is read.

Still he hopes. Sitting at the typer, long lonely nights, listening to

Monster Magnet, Rollins, and Hank III, drunk on bourbon and Pepsi and thoughts of what might-have-been and never-was, and God-Damn-did-I-actually-do-that?

He eyeballs the midget, short skirt (like duh!; it wouldn’t be a long skirt), those thick, welcoming thighs, her smile, red as Satan’s asshole courtesy of Cherry Kool-Aid and cheap Russian vodka.

Is it worth it? Word after lonely word, struggling to get the syntax perfect.

He dons the latex raccoon mask and steps forward, memorizing the setting, Cinnabon incense, and Slipknot posters, everything looks  better by candlelight, images stored for later. What matter is the Now; his hard-on points the way.

Is it worth it? What he does for inspiration? At this point, seeing the midget smile, what comes after, is gravy.

 

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Brian Rosenberger is author of Poems Found… Somewhere, a micro-chapbook available free through Nostrovia! Poetry

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Jeremiah Walton

Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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