What Getting Fucked Up Is Like by Thomas Fucaloro

This is not an excuse.

Ok, maybe it is.

As someone who likes to
get fucked up we are all full
of inebriated excuses.

Like Pigpen from Peanuts
I walk around with a constant
of weed smoke
like a force field
that isn’t really there.

And you hear Mingus
play “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”
for no other reason
Than the next note.

A soft saxophone fucked up
on the standup bass plucked
from the ears of reality.

Yes, yes being fucked up
is like a Charles Mingus song.

Thomas Fucaloro
Thomas Fucaloro is an NYC poet. He has 2 books out by three rooms press, his latest one, “It Starts from the Belly and Blooms” has received rave reviews. He has graduated with an MFA at the New School for Creative Writing. He has been on 3 national slam teams and was the Inspired Word’s 2012 Grand Slam Champion. He is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone. He just recently won a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs. His new chapbook “Mistakes Disguised as Stars” by tired hearts press was released in March and his next chapbook “Depression Cupcakes” will be released in June through “Yes, Poetry.”

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