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Evening devil mocks me.

Dawn devil swoons.

Morning devilish and development.

Afternoon devil drives straight through.

This is the market of losers:

here the stall of spoiled fruit,

near the wall broken fists,

from the ceiling rotten teeth.

Against the window cook cooks

pig brains and ham,

melted slime mold with cheese.

Who is responsible for sexy winds,

calm seas, calm skies,

quiet before the change?

You cannot ski in dark places,

you cannot ski over fire,

you cannot ski on the edge of cliffs,

and even devil cannot ski

on skis made of red.

Color is everything,

this alone is all devil ever said.




Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, Poetrysuperhighway.com and others. In addition, he has nine poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004), What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005), I Was a Teacher Once (Ten Page Press, 2011) and Firestorm: A Rendering of Torah (Camel Saloon Press, 2012). He is the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011). Brownstein taught elementary school in Chicago’s inner city (he is now retired), but he continues to study authentic African instruments, conducts grant-writing workshops for educators, designs websites and records performance and music pieces with grants from the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oppenheimer Foundation, BP Leadership Grants, and others.

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