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C.N.P Poetry 

  • Writer's pictureCathexis Northwest Press


By: Dan Jacoby

down dark junky streets

looking for a fix

for the tenement night

black eyed high hipster

up in brooklyn cold water flats

cruised college high on saroyan and ginsberg

busted on rural highways

just outside atomic city

with bags of cleaned green,

in college halls,

hammered on peyote

in that world’s fair museum

in chicago’s hyde park

jumping off emotional ledges

there has to be some urgency like

bullfighting in hell’s kitchen,

meat for the preacher

in rainy macarthur park

wandering in withering withdrawal

unstill writing arm

in empty train yards chasing

psychic mexican girls

momentarily motherless

getting it in wet barrio alleys

in winter rain looking

for hunter thompson’s ghost

in the book of dreams

sentenced to jail

for juvenile intoxication

red eyed from pink catawba wine

off junk on weed

of the mind with a belly

full of olives and soul music

from broken pocket pallets

tighten their watches

as to slow time, left

dead on wall street

in four hundred dollar suits


Dan Jacoby is a graduate of Fenwick High School, St. Louis University, Chicago State University, and Governors State University. He has published poetry in several fine publications. He is a former educator, steel worker, and counterintelligence agent. He was born in 1947 on the second floor of a cold water flat at 55th and Halsted, Chicago. He has been writing poetry since 1967 and his work is influenced by the Beats, John Knoepfle, Al Montesi, and John Logan to name a few. He has been nominated in 2020 for a Pushcart and Best of the Net. He is the author of the book Blue Jeaned Buddhists.


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