Review: More Than the Alley

Leah Angstman
Jun 28, 2016 · 4 min read
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[ … ]
Her 5-year-old daughter
came out from
the back bedroom
and stood behind
her mother
in the doorway
wide-eyed,
terrified from all our
yelling
[ … ]
I [ … ] touched her on the arm,
telling her
I wouldn’t leave
till her mother felt
better in the morning.
She just pulled away from me gently, smiling,
and said it was OK,
that the other
men had just left her sleeping on
the couch, or sometimes the floor.
[ … ]

[ … ]
it didn’t
take
long
to dawn
on me
that I’d
stuck my
dick in the
wrong
go-go
dancer.

[ … ]
“Well, kiss my ass,”
I joked with one of the cops.
“The last thing I remember,
I was smoking a joint
at a friend’s house in Silverlake.”
[ … ]
That’s when I had to re-learn
that you don’t joke
with the cops. [ … ]

[ … ]
I told him I had just kicked
the ass of Jerry from over
on 13th Street. He laughed
and said it was
about time someone
cleaned that bastard’s plow.
[ … ]

[ … ]
I was watching the
dead eyes of
the waitress, arguing
with the dead eyes
of the cook.
[ … ]

[ … ]
He [ … ] pulled his t-shirt
up to the back of his neck

revealing a large, imbedded
nasty looking gash
in the middle of his back
clear down to
the cheeks of his fat ass.
[ … ]

[ … ] Memory
replaces everything lost
in memory. [ … ]


[ … ]
sometimes it burns and burns
the trees we can’t see the
forest for. [ … ]


[ … ] The middle was not
in the middle, but off
to the right side, positioned
like an open grave. [ … ]


[ … ] you
called me a pet name
you used to use when we
were pretending a life
together [ … ]
[ … ] your heart
is the same old heart bleeds
like an ulcer and I
can’t stop the bleeding
and I never could.

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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