I Had Money, I Had None by R.T. Castleberry

Early in the dream
sky’s vista overwhelms,
blue agave pours easy in my hands.
All is in order here, I write my wife.
Work goes well.
She answers in suspicion,
asks about the bulldog pup,
my new Lucchese’s,
the toll of the trail I’m taking.
I don’t have energy for that twist today.
A chrome Spanish automatic
gleams in the lamplight.

A Dodge Ram pops gravel in the yard.
The crew on my porch are
three creeps looking to
solve a mud road situation.
Sleep is an airless room.
An alarm clock rings like a fighter’s bell.
I rise to the knock on my door.

My work has appeared in In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Roanoke Review, Comstock Review, Green Mountains Review, Santa Fe Literary Review and The Alembic, among other journals.

I am a co-founder of the Flying Dutchman Writers Troupe, co-editor/publisher of the poetry magazine Curbside Review, an assistant editor for Lily Poetry Review and Ardent. I was a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee. My work has been featured in the anthologies Travois-An Anthology of Texas Poetry, TimeSlice and The Weight of Addition. My chapbook, Arriving At The Riverside, was published by Finishing Line Press in January, 2010. An e-book, Dialogue and Appetite, was published by Right Hand Pointing in May, 2011.


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