This Vast Engine

w/a titular glance
the pale, one-armed daughter
turns me into sand.

She sidesteps cracks on Houston
w/a pill-shaped confidence.
She walks w/o ringtone
torches every black acre.


Mike Jurkovic’s second chapbook, Eve’s Venom was published by Post Traumatic Press in June, 2014. His first chapbook is Purgatory Road, (Pudding House Press, 2010). Poems and music criticism have appeared/are forthcoming in over four hundred national & international literary magazines. Anthologies: WaterWrites & Riverine (Codhill Press, 2009, 2007); Will Work For Peace (Zeropanik, 1999). Since 2003, co-director of Calling All Poets in Beacon, NY. Producer of CAPSCAST, live readings from the Calling All Poets Series, available on Itunes and CD reviews appear in Elmore Magazine, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange & the Van Wyck Gazzette. Please visit

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