Paul Pfleuger, Jr.


THE HOMETOWN—News glued camera eye on the manhunt the ticker along screen bottoms the scene where the low angle of the mayor offers stock comfort the underdog sense of the wrongly viral stuck ghosts of snowed in histories on paper the blueprints of less living rooms in the hyperlight of investigation the stretch to relate to single-motherness the accents vague shadows in twisted arm statements the mourning blogosphere grammar in herd ipsum lorem spin justice promised the experiential expert affiliated headed monster witnesses bearing further clicks and flashes scoops of human interest the backward segues to other shootings the opened prepackaged fire reportage scattered about the city the comment thread on gun control the SWAT team and special robots one clipboard to another authorities converging into the script of the fatal drama at the hospital the surgeon at large in the smallness of the dot come hither those stayed tuned panned in and out of our ways of weeping at the tongues in the honey of her face shot off.


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Paul Pfleuger, Jr.’s poems have appeared in a number of print and online publications. He’s the assistant editor of the online journal R’r and lecturer in English at a national university in Taiwan. His blog is amidst vs. and he has a forthcoming collection to be released by Red Moon Press in early 2013.
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