Mitchell Krochmalnik Grabois, 3/3/2014
Current Occupation: Poet
Former Occupation: Novelist
Contact Information: Mitchell Krochmalnik Grabois was born in the Bronx and now splits his time between Denver and a one-hundred-and-twenty-year-old, one room schoolhouse in Riverton Township, Michigan. His short fiction and poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, most recently for his story “Purple Heart” published in The Examined Life in 2012, and for his poem. “Birds,” published in The Blue Hour, 2013. Grabois’s novel, Two-Headed Dog, is available for all e-readers for 99 cents. Click for Kindle. Click for Nook. Click for the print edition.
The accident was the ultimate
What the fuck was I thinking?
Why did I steer so close to the island?
Trauma has confused his memory
Now, with a one-hundred-sixty-foot gash
on the port side of the sunken cruise ship and
thirty-two passengers dead
Captain Shettino, charged with manslaughter
blames his Indonesian helmsman
and the ship itself
As a child he was always doing stunts, says his mother
Her expression is wistful and senile
His father sits heavily under the grape arbor
and has yet another glass of red table wine
He wants to tell his wife to shut up shut up shut up
but knows she won’t
She would never shut up
even when she was in her right mind