cerise & blanc yin yang cells. armed security guards. cartons of menthol green. shuttered houses. cars stuck on cloverleaf highways. shag carpets. side street camps. high rise office buildings. rich affluent zip codes. buck knife fullers. crows perched on lamp posts. seven still skies. wayfarers. lonely folks. narcan wasp bites. bodies left undiscovered. pearls held tight. jewelry districts. city morgue lockers. gentrified hipster locales. five-dollar fentanyl tablets. almighty, criminal cops. hospital waiting rooms. parking garages. cloudy brown needles. money grubbing hands. motel queen beds. tin foil & straw weddings. razor faces. forensic chalk scenes. seas of primal hatred. cracked veins. babies born blue. red cross donation centers. poets giving pints of themselves.
Nicholas Barnes earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Southern Oregon University. He is currently working as an editor in Portland. His poems have appeared in over forty-five publications including trampset, NonBinary Review, and Eclectica Magazine. His least favorite season is summer. His favorite soda is RC Cola.