The bad little brother of the Aurorean

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[one_half last=”yes” class=”” id=””]SPRING 2016[/one_half]

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Unemployment Diary, Day 96

A mildly attractive
female friend stops

for a pity visit:
I am a sexual beetle

writhing on its back.
She pecks at the lip

of a tilted teacup.
Her mouth spills

silly possibilities:
hope, healing, etc.

Still, I shove this slice
of kindness past my teeth.

How long before
I can stand to sit

inside the sound
of a woman’s tinkling

as it confuses this otherwise

silent apartment?

 

Unemployment Diary, Day 102

Just after I congratulate
myself that I’m not

that lonely, I notice
on the sloped shoulders

of the hanger I’m wrapping
a wrinkled shirt around: notches

made to hold
the slender straps

of a yellow sundress.


Bio

[highlight color=”” rounded=”no” class=”” id=””]W. Vandoren Wheeler[/highlight] has been published in H_ngM_n, Lunch Ticket, Clackamas Literary Review, Forklift, DMQ Review, and Swink. His manuscript The Accidentalist won the Dorothy Brunsman Prize and was published by Bear Star Press in late 2012. He has an English/Spanish dual BA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. He currently teaches in Portland, Oregon.