James Croal Jackson – 3 poems

How We Talk About Settling


Wet from the mansion still

writhing beneath us. Red

gold halls and long tongue


-like carpets. I could not

say what I wanted to say

except get me out of here.


But we were young, yesterday,

sipping free whiskey

in the aftermath of


condolences. Burnt

our throats going






The Similarities


between you both are more Picasso

Pollack than Leibovitz     however

much I disengage    the Oculus will never

be Pennsylvania    though I have advanced

technology in my pocket    (I still have

the broken faces we captured)  I seek

the thin thread between real   what

I wish to be real   where I want to go

if time ever bends into black hole

I’ll head back home to Ohio and give

a hug to everyone    I somehow love

as an alarm    or Chekhov’s gun

telling   you are the people I still love

in the future you will reassemble into

magazine collage   and still resemble

the hummus-stained server in 2012




Office (August)


is this how you spend your days? laundry

filthy as furniture.

the room cold between two

worlds. I am awash in

transition: upbringing /


give me a place to call home

I am stuck in the wedge


wanting nothing

but your long arms around

the circumference of

my body. here is

the ticking clock

a timepiece


allowing sea change

along the equator


east of my brain sees desire in

a sleeping blanket. I am trying

to wrap my mind around

the absence

of the life it





James Croal Jackson (he/him) has a chapbook, The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017), and poems in Pacifica, Reservoir, and Rattle. He edits The Mantle ( Currently, he works in the film industry in Pittsburgh, PA. (

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