MICHAEL INTERNICOLA

BLANKETS OF SNOW ON A PLATE OF BEEF WELLINGTON

she walks bent
over a little bit
on blankets of snow
and she likes to
laugh and she wants to be in love
more than anything else in this world.

her favorite dish is some steak number
i can't pronounce and she wears
a watch from tiffany's
that her father gave her when she was twenty one years old.

she walks bent
over a little bit
on blankets of snow
and she likes to
laugh and she wants to be in love
more than anything else in this world

and she stands by that love or no love and always smiles.
she's the stem that holds up everything beautiful
like her pink toe nails or the tango.


I KNOCKED OUT ALL HIS FRONT TEETH WITH A BEER BOTTLE AND LEFT HIM FOR DEAD
IN THE HALLWAY

she called me one night and said he roughed her
up and i asked where he lived but she wouldn't tell me.
so i called one of her friends and she told me. he buzzed
me in for a free pizza. i beat that fucker down hard when
he opened the door. i broke his nose, his cheeks, his skull,
his imitation of a dick, his ribs, his knee cap. i thumbed his
eyeballs. i knocked out all his front teeth with a beer bottle
and left him for dead in the hallway. there was even blood
on the ceiling. then i went over to her place with the teeth in
a ziploc bag and i looked at her and she looked at me and i
walked away. i never said a fucking word.


EMPTY EMPTY SPACES

rick and stacy were sitting on some
steps and sar walked by and rick
noticed
her but
she didn't
see them
or maybe she did but it was awkward
so she sped by. what a stupid conversation
they all would have had, "what's mike up to?"-
sar might have
asked them and
they would have
said, "i don't know. i
haven't seen him in so long..."-then rick would laugh
and she'd laugh, "where is he living?"-rick'd ask
sarah and sar'd answer, "i don't know. we don't
talk anymore."-and then she'd walk away
feeling stupid and small and rick and
stacy would kiss because they're
married and still
together.


A novelist, M.A. Internicola is the author of three previous novels, KISS ME
BABY, SUNFLOWERS!, CHAZ, and ALL OUR SKIES ARE BLUE. The poems included here
are from two separate poetry books, MALISM and THE DARKEST PLACE IS UNDER A
STREETLIGHT, both completed early 2004. His poems/short stories have
appeared in Caffeine Magazine, Zygote In My Coffee, Remark, The Quadrangle,
Mule, Spent Meat, The-Hold, Antipatico, Lunitic Chamelon, Kant Magazine,
Fragment Magazine, James River Poetry Review and The Mosquito Lounge Review.
He lives in New York City.





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