James Gendron


Where are you tonight, my personal party?
You’re like a can of beer shining behind a waterfall.
Shadows, harder than the buildings

they emanate from, lean on your tits.
Only the weight of your clothing
is keeping you in this world.

I swear: when you leave me alone,
every part of my body
is having its own nightmare.

But the night can become mystical
if you ask it to. Might you like
a mystical night?

When you see the stars
and everything, do you think
how important we are?

James Gendron is the author of the chapbook Money Poems (Poor Claudia, 2010) and the full-length collection Sexual Boat (Sex Boats) (Octopus Books, 2013). He was born in Portland, Maine, and lives in Portland, Oregon.