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Poem by Jared A. Carnie

And in comes October
Drooling the first winter tragedies
With a wink
And a crooked grin
Of old gravestone teeth.
The heating breaks
And the hot water stops
And our breath taunts us
In the air of our bedroom
And his claws come out.
But still we laugh
Surrounded by candles
And wrapped in blankets
With books and songs
For we recognized
His tattered outfit
Before we met his eyes
And made sure
To make sure
He would have to come

The 2015 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry

We are pleased to announce this poem as a Finalist for the 2015 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, honoring the independent press’ best poems of the year. The winners are selected by an external panel that judges all pieces blindly and selects the full list of 12 finalists from hundreds of entries. Alternating Current does not determine the final outcome for the judging; the external judges’ decisions are final.

Jared A. Carnie recently left the Outer Hebrides. He can be found at

Originally published on 10/14/15.



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