Tony Mancus
from Roadside Traction
Reality is December/the shimmer
in the rearview when you're screaming
along with a song at the top of your lungs

Then you measure out the drugs
and put them in your face

In ways you can know only what you don't
know about yourself about others

Speeding through a darkened landscape
knocking on your head
like it’s a piece of wood

The knot in there
is hard
to work out