Joseph Reich, 3/10/2014

Current Occupation: innkeeper (out in vermont)
Former Occupation: social worker
Contact Information: Joseph Reich has been published in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad, has been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize and his most recent books include, "A Different Sort Of Distance" (Skive Magazine Press) "If I Told You To Jump Off The Brooklyn Bridge" (Flutter Press) "Pain Diary: Working Methadone & The Life & Times Of The Man Sawed In Half" (Brick Road Poetry Press) "" (Thunderclap Press) "The Derivation Of Cowboys & Indians" (Fomite Press) "The Housing Market: a comfortable place to jump off the end of the world" (Fomite Press) "The Hole That Runs Through Utopia" (Fomite Press) "A Trilogy Of Psychological Writings" (Fomite Press)


On The Nature Of Time: somewhere between

empirical & sentimental & the near & remote future


you ever want when they put you on hold forever

waiting for some front desk manager or supposed

clinical director to get back to you about a job

you interviewed for and they're playing some

christopher cross song ride like the wind if

you get drunk between the moon and new

york city moving michael mcdonald love

ballad sweeping barry manilow schubert

mozart rhakmaninov when they finally

honor you by showing up just want to

fucken naturally say to them can you  

possibly put me back on hold again 

with some real sincere downtime

for some honest and heartfelt

and sentimental reflection

and don’t give a damn

if you get the position

as find this to be

so much more


and substantial

than any possible 

abuse or neglect

or hypocrisies

or contradictions 

you’ll ever get 

and experience 

in the near to

remote future  


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