Thursday, October 11, 2018

Waiting On My Wife In Belle, Missouri By Daniel Crocker

She won't be here until 3am
In my manic days that would
be nothing. I would have just
been getting started on writing
and beer and music

But I'm medicated now
and it's so hard to stay awake
though I know she's driving
through a powerful storm

I smoke cigarette after cigarette
I pace the empty streets of Belle
I drink a case of Diet Coke

I'll be here
I'll wait
wide awake
love.


About Daniel Crocker: 
Daniel Crocker's work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, Big Muddy, New World Writing, Stirring, Juked, The Chiron Review, The Mas Tequila Review and over 100 others. His books include Like a Fish (full length) and The One Where I Ruin Your Childhood (e-chap with thousands of downloads) both from Sundress Publications. Green Bean Press published several of his books in the '90s and early 2000s. These include People Everyday and Other Poems, Long Live the 2 of Spades, the novel The Cornstalk Man and the short story collection Do Not Look Directly Into Me. He has also published several chapbooks through various presses. His newest full length collection of poetry, Shit House Rat, was published by Spartan Press in September of 2017. Stubborn Mule Press will publish Leadwood: New and Selected Poems—1998-2018 in October 2018. He was the first winner of the Gerald Locklin Prize in poetry. He is the editor of The Cape Rock (Southeast Missouri State University) and the co-editor of Trailer Park Quarterly. He's also the host of the podcast, Sanesplaining, about poetry, mental illness and nerd stuff. He is a bipolar, bisexual Gemini living the cliché.

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