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Glen Armstrong (he/him) edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters. A Metro-Detroiter, his preferred pop is Vernors ginger ale which he couldn’t get when he studied in Massachusetts where the grocers’ shelves were full of some “soda” called Moxie.

Gray and red background, a tiny white wind-up plastic rabbit and tiny neon pink wind-up plastic turtle next to each other on the pavement.

GLEN ARMSTRONG

THE DISTANCE (ODE TO ZENO)

I sustain myself

on sardines packed in mustard

 

while riding the bus.

I ruin my lunch

 

and maybe my chances

regarding your sweet kiss.

 

The distance, oh the distance

inspires, horrifies

 

and seems to triple

when I concentrate

 

on my pending arrival.

I will soon miss

 

even your absence,

in that it is yours.

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