Previous Feature: Catfish McDaris

Catfish McDaris is the author of over twenty chapbooks. His most recent is a split with Subhankar Das, titled Thieves of the Wind (Writing Knight Press). Widely published in the small press, his collected works and letters are archived at Marquette University. An interview at Blues GR, along with a sample of his verse at the outlaw poetry network, provide an introduction to both his life and his poetry.

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Damaged Love

Tangled rain trapped
in gray tobacco smoke
shafts of neon illumination
memories of damaged
love, abandoned
sinking boats adrift.

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Push

Gaudy women melting faces
fucking & sucking shadows
dancing on aching feet with
disease & rotten teeth, Step-
penwolf was 100% correct.

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The Haze

Lightning bugs making love
in the blue purple night,
lovers, sinners, & thieves
marijuana & Jimi Hendrix

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Rent

The crowbar in his pocket
made him limp as he walked
she had questioning eyes, he
pulled out some money, they
rented each other in a forget
about heaven & hell nirvana.

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Burnt Spoons

Smack track flat back
eight ball monkey junkie
bloody dripping syringe
heart fizzle brain sizzle.

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Orphan

Orphan was left in a woven basket
no church nearby, barflies held
the baby girl, alcohol & drugs
clouding all sanity, no parents
no family, born alone, died alone.

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Goodnight

The night is
tender, gentle
friendly, dark
dangerous
lucrative, death.

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Editor’s Note: Four of the seven poems above first appeared at the boutique’s sister-site, Midnight Lane Gallery, as a part of The Midnight on the Stroll Poetry Contest. Three were utilized as a part of The Honorable Mentions Extravaganza.)

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