In The Shadow of the Bomb

In the Shadow of the Bomb by Joseph Gardner 252 pages Trade Paper 6 X 9 ISBN 978-1-929878-68-0 $18 (+ S & H)   To order by Credit/Debit please visit Lummoxpress.com If by mail…send Money Order made out to Lummox and addressed to RD Armstrong, 3127 E. 6th St. Long Beach, CA 90814 and made…

GROWLING

  The problem With growing up eating dog Is the strange guilt 30 some years later Petting you dog And your stomach Growls ©workingclassproduction.com

THE DOG TREMBLING

The dog trembled always Maybe separated too young Maybe feral and beaten one time too many one time too long left uncertain instincts all in riot a natural trust for people bruised and broken by experience ©workingclassproduction.com, 2014

CARTOONS

I was real young 6 maybe 7 Watching Hannah-Barbara cartoons It was after Thundar the Barbarian With his magical sun sword But before Captain Caveman Would come on You had the Super Friends All the DC heroes Right there On black and white TV I would mess With the rabbit ears And coat hanger Twist…

CHRISTMAS IN MODESTO 30 YEARS AGO

It was Christmas time and the oil lanterns Threw strange mongrel shadows Across the walls Of the little one bedroom apartment The oven was a warm harbor Of love and safety We had three or four lamps going in the kitchen Little brother and I at the table Cookie sheet of baked Homemade play-dough Christmas…

CANNING IN FARMINGTON

We would set out early After a hard breakfast of whatever was left From last night’s sacrifice Shoes strapped tight Socks pulled up high Ball caps pulled low School backpacks on our backs Trash bags in each hand Walking along the long country roads Watching the ditches for cans and bottles Once we saw a…

HOMETOWN SPUN

Children Eyes hollowed out dark spots Absent of hope just hunger And The anger Smoldering Right there Beneath where The soul used to be Scraped raw Scarped raw and broken Like the bottom Of the dirty pipe scraped for one more hit of luck Mercy comes after the Learning of swinging lashing belts Fists full…