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Everything That Kills Me

 William Taylor Jr
 William Taylor Jr
Everything That Kills Me
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William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across the...read more globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Poesy. An Age of Monsters, his first book of fiction, was published by Epic Rites Press in 2011. To Break the Heart of the Sun (Words Dance, 2016) is his latest collection of poetry. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Acker Award. He has a great and unironic love of both The Incredible Hulk and Olivia Newton-John
Everything That Kills Me
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The day is hot and dry
and I wait on poetry
like I wait on rain.

I walk out into it
hoping to find
whatever it is I'm
hungry for,

some splinter of mercy
abandoned somewhere
I forgot to look.

Like any American I am addicted
to all the things I can't afford,

in love with everything
that kills me.

The blue sky looks kind
and forgiving
so I do not trust it

but it is beautiful and beyond
my comprehension,
so I ask no questions
and follow where it leads.



  3 months ago
I love this poem!

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