The bad boy art hero has been a feature of American literature ever since Henry Miller astonished the publishing world in the 1930s with his Tropic of Cancer, a product of the Depression. Ed Markowski’s writing comes from another era, but the hardships experienced in the Rust Belt provided a similar motivation to this apocalyptic, hell-bent-for-leather poet of the people. Read his Dystopian Dreamscapes, a selection of haibun, here, our Book of the Week.
For That Girl In Front Of Nathan’s Famous
Dressed in the flesh of love’s wicked twin she danced and shimmied to the ebb and flow of a silent serenade locked in a shaft of sunlight on Stillwell Avenue she embodied the rhythm back beat bass line and melody until she twirled and shook herself into a song that no man who was there will ever forget.
lifting her spoon parting her lips
a sudden shift
in my appetite
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission