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by James Croal Jackson



Having Won a Two-Day Trip to Hawaii


We wait in the endless line on principle–

backpacks full of familiar belonging,

dreaming to get away. This past decade:

a years-long playback on one of those

stereos everyone wanted. A CD requiem

that spun, skipped, shook–

and is now obsolete.




a line, (a short blue one)



Google You


if you could search through

your life you would


page upon white page

the deserts of texas


memory in a buggy


toting high school calculus

sleeping it off


the usual

what’s expected




a line, (a short blue one)



Google Home Quarantine


The crickets chirp when you sniff the cat–

that’s our bedtime routine.

Google asks us to set an alarm:





a line, (a short blue one)



missing home


nights were alive with music

wine crushed coffee bones faded

light to sleep dustballs curled

were swept away




a line, (a short blue one)



Promise of Morning


broken wind through bent window

tonight estimates life long enough

to breathe sunlight



a line, (a blue one)


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