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Dead Skunk Logo: round logo of a white skunk silhouette on a black background with the words “Dead Skunk” in cursive. “Dead” is neon purple and “Skunk” is neon yellow.

Richard Fox has contributed poems to both online and print literary journals. “Swagger & Remorse,” his first book of poems, was published in 2007. While drinking his favorite ginger ale soda, he is simultaneously working on several collections of sound poetry and soundscapes, which are being made available online at Bandcamp: He holds a BFA in Photography from Temple University, Philadelphia, and lives in Boise, ID.

Black and white image of swan floating on the water.



Before I die, & brutal time has stopped,
I will walk the north bank of the river, & dip

myself like a cruet into the current to gather

what the river was, & to relinquish what I am.


On days when I am spoken through, the ven-

triloquy of beauty is very nearly everywhere,
& I will ask the river to think about how it will

release my body, & if it will weigh me down,

since my sins have only so much weight to spare.


I will pony up for the laying-on of hands;
I will belly up to the bar & order what I wish;

I will be brought what I wish, but it will not

be meant for me.

Header image from pixabay

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