New York Times Magazine Selects CSU Professor’s ‘Still Life’ as Poem of the Week


– Still life. Still life with Ensure, vials
of Fentanyl, oxycodone, water. Still life with crackers maybe, hopefully, he will keep down. Still life with tossed
sheets and yogurt cup. Still life with Sports
Illustrated piles in the bathroom, guest room, on the living room floor, on the dining-room table, and recycle bins waiting near the door. Still life with a younger
brother assessing how to dispose the hoardings of the one man left who shares his face. Still life with hanging
tension and sadness, failed ambition, medicated dreams. Still life with phlegm and corruption, with waste, with fanned get-well cards, appointment reminders, hospital
garage parking receipts. Still life with the mantel clock, one birthday’s present, still ticking and
ticking and ticking away.

2 thoughts on “New York Times Magazine Selects CSU Professor’s ‘Still Life’ as Poem of the Week

  1. "Failed ambitions, medicated dreams." that was the line that really stuck with me because so many of us go through that. This was beautiful, well done and thanks for sharing

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