there’s this dream
I’ve been having:

a shiver of supermodels
digging through
my grandpa’s old stuff
and telling me
I’m not man enough

when I wake up
I put on some Kid Cudi
and smoke the day away

hey Mr. Rager

they pump you full of parties
then turn you into a constellation
of mortgages, tiny birds
sloshing through gutters

we just want a purer bang
listening to tombstones
being Goth again


Justin Karcher is a poet and playwright born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He is the author of Tailgating at the Gates of Hell (Ghost City Press, 2015), the chapbook When Severed Ears Sing You Songs (CWP Collective Press, 2017), the micro-chapbook Just Because You’ve Been Hospitalized for Depression Doesn’t Mean You’re Kanye West (Ghost City Press, 2017), Those Who Favor Fire, Those Who Pray to Fire (EMP, 2018) with Ben Brindise, and Bernie Sanders Broke My Heart and I Turned into an Iceberg (Ghost City Press, 2018). He is also the editor of Ghost City Review and co-editor of the anthology My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (BlazeVOX [books], 2017). He tweets @Justin_Karcher