TV lists the names of the dead, their slow

halos burning.

In the flickering, teeth break off

in my head and

rattle around like jellybeans in a

plastic egg.


At the end of someone else’s pointed finger,

I’ve never made a decision

it would seem,

end over end in light.


Kyle Vaughn’s poems have recently appeared in Adbusters, The Boiler, and Vinyl; his prose in English Journal; and his photography in Annalemma and Holon.  His book A New Light in Kalighat, featuring photos and stories about the children of sex workers and crematory workers in Kolkata, India, was published in 2013 and featured by Nicholas Kristof’s Half the Sky Movement.  His book of poetry writing exercises, The Genesis Writing Project, is forthcoming from NCTE.

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