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2 poems by D.A. Lucas

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D.A. Lucas is a poet who lives in Youngstown, Ohio. He has an MA in English from Youngstown State. His most recent publications include poems in Barking Sycamores and Three Line poetry.







3 days gone


she’s 3 days


i’m fisting brie

into hotdog buns

with salsa

my craven

jaw singing






the tequila winks

in the light

of setting fire

i nod my sleepless gaze

and observe it all

go down the bottle

away in darkness





We shoot the shit, and he talks

about a gun. We’re somewhere-


alone. He pets it; tells me,

Her name is Maggie, tells me,


she can stop a buck with a flak jacket

gallop and how he hates the


way she jams; the way she gets choked up.

I see how he grips her hair-trigger tightly. Shows me


the darkness of her barrel;

her skin an empty steel


gaze that reflects our distorted heads-

and as he clutches her, I wonder


why her name is Maggie

and why I gaze so


darkly on her frame, and I wonder

if the root of doom,


are impotence and isolation?

Or if I’m alive like this, at the edge of evil,


my hand trembling,

as he offers me a turn.




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