The only light on the fourth floor
passes for the moon.
In rooms of paint and naked light
lips are wet with sweat from behind
her left knee. Makes her moan, his little smile.
Slowly a piano commits suicide
note by note out the broken window
jumping from the apartment across
from the church he was confirmed in.
In the alley the grease is frozen in August
a cushion behind the dumpster
for the fraternity brother on his knees
for rough trade and short order cook's sport.
The world written badly
left on the front stoop to rot
makes me wanna ...
suddenly my one drink becomes three
on the way to Jimmy's.
Jerome Crooks is a poet from Pittsburgh. He worked with Electric Mayhem before forming Speed and Briscoe (a poetry collective dedicated to spreading poetry through publication, education, collaboration and perfromance) in 1998. Last year he edited Coatlique 2 for local publishers Encyclopedia Destructica. He is the luckiest man alive. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.