The Dunning-Kruger Effect

game of chicken with
errant thought about
Rodin’s thinker results in
cheap substitute answer

ideological bugaboo
linked to fluoridated water
crazy talk overheard
during debate on
nude or violet color palette

narcissist feigns collapse
blames bombing suspect
for obsession with
wearing a gray wig

officials scuttle raid on
sequestered jury after
deliberation returns verdict:
dog eating money
must improve diet

old man unable to befriend
TV characters who are adults
turns to cartoons
with outcast scripts
to improve his social reflex


New Surveillance Opportunity

bridge closed over bay
for Greek Festival
ouzo drinkers dance
around disabled vehicle

tons of dirt wheeled in
to cover city street
neighborhood grows potatoes
for dissidents and pit bulls

prison crop science
proves bigger tomatoes
new surveillance opportunity

stress data from road smog
confirms new drivers
getting smoking gun tattoo

PET scan of
substance abuse counselor
reveals surprise package
of tiny child beggar

rioters sing
national anthem
recording available
on home server


Tim Kahl [] is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup ( and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios []. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song []. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center.

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