Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin
by Patrick Donnelly
paper, 108 pages, $15.95
Before the Fall
I flew and tore my pants at the knee,
but before that trip I was happy,
thought the way was clear.
Later I washed my little wound
at a sink, paid for needle and thread
at the newsstand with a hand that shook.
not from bleeding, but from being caught
not knowing I'd have to kneel
on stones in front of strangers.