Nothing to Declare by Jennifer Lagier

Jack travels light:
no suitcase, computer,
cell phone, companion.
Works temporary jobs,
just long enough
to finance airfare
for exotic adventures.
Has lived in an Oregon commune,
Israeli kibbutz, Korean village.
Slept with Bangkok transsexuals,
Amsterdam whores, knocked up
a New York underwear model.
Paid for the abortion.
Pushing sixty, he crashes
with friends, has no pension,
family obligations,
fixed address.
Leaves no loose ends,
human wreckage,
or carbon footprint
behind him.

Jennifer Lagier has published twelve books and in literary magazines, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press). Forthcoming chapbook:, Camille Abroad (FutureCycle). Website:

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