Gary Glauber


Under the Weather


She wore war paint of gesture and nuance

carefully sculpted in the class

where imagined soul meets imaginary road,

a vision quest, a tribal desire,

searching for ways out

of this existential darkness,


A quagmire carried like heavy cloud

over crowded horizons,

groups of frail and pale,

huddled together,

going nowhere in impatient hurry,

selfie sticks at the ready,

sardonic wit as best defense,

rough edges sanded down

with each hour’s new posting,

personal information as public declamation

crying wolf into the digital wind.


This is the world outside the window,

the miasma she bequeaths you,

brickbats and bloviating sycophants

preaching to the numbed and wounded

on park benches opposite dead stumps,

battling heat waves and sad squalor,

shared indifference as nonchalance,

double shots of espresso awakening desire

in veins through skinny over-inked arms

to keep that distant thought of love alive.






Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist, living in Bedford, New York. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His collection, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) is available through Amazon, as is a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press). His next collection, Worth the Candle, is forthcoming from Five Oaks Press.