The McKinley Review Magazine

Entitled to a Presentation

By: Ben Nardolilli | Posted on: March 2018


In a pauper’s field, I dream I live,

in the morning I return to make up with reality after a feud,

I own little, not counting

what collects around me that others don’t want,

because who can say they own a thing

if no one else would try to beg, borrow, or steal it?

Cracked lightbulbs, frayed rugs,

and sweaters that are ugly because they have mold,

The lifestyle’s not punk, nothing’s planned

or affected about it, it’s not even proletarian,

no, I’d probably have more jeans

and sneakers if that living situation were my case,

instead, I build a home for rejects and castoffs,

using possessions as a way to disguise my trappings as freedom


Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Inwood Indiana, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at and is looking to publish a novel.