poetry quarterly

10th anniversary

PLAN B PRESS Issue

Joseph Kerschbaum


Joseph Kerschbaum is our second author from Bloomington, IN published in 2010. His book is called Your Casual Survival (the air and the echo).

 


PRISONER OF WAR
(demon at the window)


A pin dropped ...............is a warhead

detonated. ...............When the hard wood floor creaks

the earth cracks ...............open. A cat paw

placed too heavily............... is the boot heel

of a Vietcong footman. A quiet house amplifies

a dripping faucet ...............and my father’s distorted dreams

turn it into ...............a demon ...............tapping on the window.

My father ...............leaps out of bed

as if he has stepped ...............on a landmine anytime

the slightest explosion is triggered ...............by the house

settling. ...............He tells me

that once you have slept ...............in the rain

...............with a cocked rifle in your hands

it’s always there. ...............Whenever

...............you are startled awake

your finger twitches, ...............pulling the trigger


Joseph Kerschbaum has written four other collections of poems and two spoken word albums. His work has appeared in publications such as Arsenic Lobster, failbetter, Refined Savage Poetry Review, and The Delinquent. Joseph has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the NEA. He is active in the performance poetry/slam poetry community and has performed his work around the country. Joseph lives with his family in Bloomington, IN. His website: http://www.ThirstyOcean.com.

 

Published in Volume 11, Number 3, Summer 2010.