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Rp Verlaine: Again, A Bike Left

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2023

Again, A Bike Left

by RpVerlaine

 

In the middle of a road

owned by an 8-year-old

who goes missing.

True horror

 

begins as hours

disappear vanishing

into darkness as

do any trace of

a pretty 8-year-

old girl later

found in

the woods in

 

a park, river,

 

lake or ditch,

 

months or

years later

in skeletal

remains all

over America

and all the world

this ungodly sphere

of rage and chaos.

 

 

Rp Verlaine lives in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in the New York Public schools for many years. His first volume of poetry, Damaged by Dames & Drinking, was published in 2017 and another, Femme Fatales, Movie Starlets & Rockers, in 2018. A set of three e-books titled Lies From the Autobiography vol 13 were published from 2018 to 2020. His newest book, Imagined Indecencies, was published in February of 2022.

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 2023