For the full pieces, click on the titles in white; The passages in quotation marks are excerpts.


Poems and excerpts:












Electromagnetism and Warmth and Shelter published Unlikely Stories Mark V literary magazine.


"to think that

   a glance

had pulled me  



a wave

of nervous excitement"    

                 from Electromagnetism



"I was nine
when he was murdered and
never saw his stab wounds
just ashes
in an urn my mom kept
I guess memory works
like dust"      

                from Warmth and Shelter



A tradition and Light and Shadow from a fire that burns a napkin from the Unlikely Stories 20th Anniversary Edition.


"I remember you

during your funeral

black and blue and cold

as I had never known you

and the surprise, or shock to later know you

as ash, as dream, or in the mirror"

                      from A tradition



"I've come to see

that it was lust

our     charred     motive


and a sin to know you"

                     from Light and Shadow from a fire that burns a napkin



Draw me a Veve and Kreyol published by Rigorous literary magazine.


" this black cross
tells me:
'bare yours'
This cemetery
in the middle
of the road
              this place"

                 from Draw me a Veve



"The glass of broken history
sharper than an aids needle
sharper than USAID"

                  from Kreyol



Chocolate, Red and Green and Keys in Blue published by Rigorous literary magazine.


"The chocolate
Kisses melt in my mouth
with the after taste of cold
white wine. Ah. What will the new year bring
More chocolate

                   from Chocolate


"the scent
                  the smell
of a whore
like the red earth"

                  from Red and Green


"'don't worry
you have family'
my auntie says
she has a way with me
like water
Yes! like water"

                from Keys in Blue



Just asking... published by Rigorous literary magazine.

"I want you to say that you love me
though in not in those words
say it with your smell
me and you sitting next to each other
watching TV and realizing all of a sudden
that     we     are

              from Just asking...

Music and Lemonade parts 9 through 12 published by Rigorous literary magazine.

“This petty shadow I can’t seem to shake
from this disk of moon shining
                                         could I have thrown it there?
the glory and conquest of my loins
                                              I had wanted to give you
this shadow
                     shows your face
and the light, your fear”

from 9. As you Wish

“But she has struck a chord in my heart
         this one
And gestures are not wasted with her
not anger
not even shame
as if the payment upfront
guaranteed honesty

           I like that she enjoys
her leverage over me.”

from 10. Anodyne

“It was a prefect parting seen in retrospect
as if the ice had actually preserved our love
and then that summer heat melted it dry
even our sweaty vapors on the windshield
gone, less than air”

from 11. Wishing for fig in winter

“Who takes pleasure in plucking this plight
             to the raw wound
to see it and heal it”

from 12. Drain


Hebe, Pitching at your high school reunion, and  A guide to poker published by FormerPeople.


"In Homeric interpretation


otherwise the goddess of youth

becomes the peak of one's bloom

before one dies"

                    from Hebe



"Are you afraid

the adolescent cruelty

you're remembering might show

do you really think this reunion is all

they've been waiting for             I failed you as a friend

Even if

you should also see the joke

A good vantage point will work"

                            from Pitching at your high school reunion



"Wear a hat

wear shades

sing a song

                 why don't cha

blame the birds

blame the wind

blame the wave

                 why don't cha


blame his good luck and keep fucking playing"

                                       from A guide to poker

 Music and Lemonade parts 1 through 3 published by FormerPeople.


 “                      this thought

hanging in formulation

must have been purchased

        so that

I could weave myself a coat

a trench coat if you have style

                      and time

                     the shining glory you will show the world.”

from The Thread

“Imagine a flavor

     Vulvic splendor

I came up with this marveling

at female genitalia     nothing so enchanting

this most irresistible of colors

deserves better than ‘millennial pink’”

from The Cup

“To say that Lucifer is the light that kills you?

                         did he trick you?

I think not.

                  He gave you options


That big blue nothing in the sky

just wanted you to bow”

from Genesis As A Spike Lee Joint

The works and quotes cited are the intellectual property of Darryl Wawa.