The McKinley Review Magazine


By: Gary Glauber | Posted on: August 2018 

Beyond too intense hours,

fading light trails

over slanted horizon.

Crooked vivid dreams

threaten to tempt

promised fame for ruin.

Shy smile conducts

wind chimes to music;

bright macaws

flap blue wings

in ciphered message.

You offer yourself

shameless as bribed Delilah,

eager for discovery.

Love as humbled awakening,

pleasure of rough strife

painting outside memory’s margins.

You dance around

what false smiles protect,

fire burning past to ashes,

harsh talons that once

ripped you out of life

forgotten in the nest of now.

Foreign paradise

of bare bone brutality

calls like rough sea turning

& you answer, lured by dangers

that linger after morning,

tendering refreshed lie

that this empty bed


is home.


Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks

Press), and a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press), are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publishers.