"My American Pastoral" by Shan Cawley


i.
you are either
the dirt on your window or the choice not to see it

i sit in slug positions
i morph myself
into the people
standing next to me,
renaming an atom every minute

 

this focus is as focus does
my white flag as a ketchup-stained napkin

 

a sky, always blue
even when we sleep


ii.
i am flying a Streetcar Named Democracy to the moon
i am flying a Streetcar Named Democracy to the moon at 50 miles per hour
i am flying a Streetcar Named Democracy to the moon at 50 miles per hour that is now in orbit
i am flying a Streetcar Named Democracy to the moon at 50 miles per hour
i am flying a Streetcar Named Democracy to the moon
i am flying a Streetcar Named Democracy to the
i am flying a Streetcar Named Democracy, too


"House of Cards" by Shan Cawley


my father talking to fox news
like it is his daughter

 

as the ​#1 dad ​award
fades on the kitchen fridge.