The Haunt of Memoirs

by Joseph Victor Milford

sweet alloys
ring into
my ears
as the winter
the secrets
of bricks
stay shut
as I walk
through strangers’
a prickling
ghost memoir
an ancient haircut
or nod
that could kill
a gladiator
and that song
you hate so much
now stuck
in your cranium Ukraine
under streetlights
by you
as much as you
are by them
as alligator shadows
slink behind kiosks and newsstands
always something
ominous on these streets
something always palpable
like someone
you have lived long enough
to have forgotten
that you once
someone who haunts
every last forsaken island of
a poem for you
someone holding
that ticking clock
with your last
second in it


Joseph Victor Milford is a Professor of English and a Georgia writer who is currently working on his EdD doctoral studies. He was born in Alabama in 1972, and he went on to receive his Bachelors degree from the University of West Georgia, in English and Philosophy, and then his MFA in Poetry from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. His first collection of poems, Cracked Altimeter, was published by BlazeVox Press in 2010, and he is presently composing a collection of poems with Hydeout Press, forthcoming in 2015. He is the host of The Joe Milford Poetry Show, where he has compiled an archive of over 300 interviews and readings with American and Canadian poets. In addition, he is also the editor of RASPUTIN: A Poetry Thread (a literary journal of poetry) and a member of the Southern Collective Experience .


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I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

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