Chuck Joy at the Literary Cafe – photo by Chandra Alderman

Every Appearance

we earn this stage every appearance
an entire existence, every artifice
convenient falsehood burned impossibly away
best to be yourself, skinless carcass
bubbling consciousness, invisible
minimized, the membrane or filter
between the poem and the audience

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Chuck Joy
authored All Smooth (Destitute Press) and Key West Quartet (Edinboro Book Art Collective).  He has read at every Snoetry, the Confluence, two International Festivals, The Erie Book Store, Poets’ Hall, Mahall’s 20 Lanes and Woodlawn Diner.  He’ll also be at Mac’s Backs in Cleveland Heights March 29.