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jacob erin-cilberto

jacob erin-cilberto, originally from Bronx, NY, now resides in Carbondale, Illinois. erin-cilberto has been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. He currently teaches at John A. Logan and Shawnee Community colleges in Southern Illinois. erin-cilberto’s latest book pour me another poem, please is now available through Water Forest Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads. His previous five books, Rewrites and Second Chances, an Abstract Waltz, Used Lanterns, Intersection Blues as well as demolitions and reconstructions are also available from those websites. erin-cilberto has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry in 2006-2007-2008 and again in 2010. He has taught poetry workshops for Heartland Writers Guild, Southern Illinois Writers Guild and Union County Writers Guild.

Deliciously Criminal

felon fleeing toward the scene

my heart on the lam
"all points bulletin
be on the lookout
armed with love and dangerous"

there is a certain inexpressible freedom
when the escape is to you.

Cold Proof

at a dark party
one poet
drank alone
imbibing memories
one drink at a time
holding the ice
because his heart felt
already so frigid he needed gloves to hold the glass

next to his broken vision
of forever.

Ariel's Dark Wing

Plath me,
i'll turn off the gas
so we can both dream in vapors
of hopelessness
and maybe find a way out of the cavern
that is our craving for the bullet,
or the cut
or the madness of love suffocating a heart
transcending to a mind that wants to shut down

the towel is under the door
and it is safe
within the chambers of the gun
to touch the metal foreclosure
of life.

Plath me,
i'll turn off the gas
but explode into a fruition of contrition
for writing all the dark poetry
even i can no longer feel

Plath me,
and we'll Ted together
in a cradled bed together
exchanging worms

and calling them poems.

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