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Gale Acuff—Sometimes you die when it's not really your

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2021

Sometimes you die when it's not really your

 

by Gale Acuff

 

time is something I learned from TV, which

never lies when you're ten years old, it's just

when you're older that it doesn't seem true

or maybe I mean the opposite, I

live long enough to make it look silly

so I get wiser, older anyway,

and a little smarter, maybe not lots

but enough to get angry so that when

I die I die disgusted with the world

and the ways it tries to deceive me, not

that I wouldn't screw over the world it

-self, I think it's called sin and it's next of

kin to stupidity, which is what I

am―have is what I mean, or it means me.

 

 

Gale Acuff has had hundreds of poems published in a dozen countries and is the author of three poetry collections. He has taught university English courses in the US, China, and Palestine, where he teaches at Arab American University.


Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021