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Micropoetry by CJ Miles| #thesideshow

CJ MIles


I think the dead are always returning, taller than smoke stacks, heavier than suitcases full of sand. What hasn’t died soon will. Thank you for shooting the stork that flew over the house. Thank you for taking off my clothes before carrying me to the fountain where Ponce washed his hands until they forgot how to prune. Thank you for letting me thank you. Thank you and please for not missing me when I go, before I go, in the middle of the night when the sky is nothing but werewolves and vampires throwing sheep over the moon.


This Morning I Accepted the Position of Poet Laureate of Your Spine

How do you birth the sun and the moon and 37% of the birds that get stuck between the pages of unread poems and still find the time to make dinner? I love the glow you give, the weather we never have to mourn. The mourning we never weather. How small Earth becomes when you spend the day in a bed of fresh linens. This morning I disrobed winter, swallowed spring whole. Spiders hatched in my esophagus, spinning webs around the tar in my lungs. It was worth it, watching your legs start all over again.


State Named River

I scatter my ashes along the banks of the Mississippi. I’m not in Mississippi but I’m close enough that we share the same liquid. Soon my ashes will reach the Gulf. Outside, the sky flirts with a disaster movie. Tornados are never not scary, so there is always a home for you in the doorway. The last time I made an RSVP to my death I got caught in traffic. My favorite pastime is waking up the English language. They don’t teach cursive in school anymore. I am still waiting to find a bigger infection than love.

C.J. Miles lives in Iowa with his wife. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Forage, Moonglasses Magazine, Beech Street Review, and Algebra of Owls, among others.