Colin Dodds

A Mystical Misadventure


But never mind me.

Again, I’m just making the road

that goes to a burst of vomit and shame

into the mystical misadventure

it may very well not be.


The dilapidated lady

to my right is drinking them straight,

tempting her fate, seeking a date.

Waters thicker than tears

drip from her face.


Bartendrix number seven

makes it clear that she’s never

visited this valley of trouble before.

She hums that action and satisfaction

are the meaning of the evening.


But tonight’s not the thing in the movie

and it’s not the thing you heard of.

Compared with the bartendrix, we’re all

sad as a couch in the rain.

Though a whispering there, from whoknows,

says sadness is only a breeze

—and a relief from the heat.

You Eff Oh


Hell filled

Heaven unbuilt


A scientist came to school and told us

loneliness doesn’t exist,

but money does


Sentenced to a pursuit of happiness

in a world without end

Our questions answered

with mass-produced luxury items—

the cul de sacs said amen


Lutheran, Methodist, Latter-Day Saints

churches wherever state highways crossed

The ghost of God haunted the hills

so heavily

But the orange gas station signs said it best—

there is a Gulf, a Gulf indeed


I borrowed my mother’s car

And flew past the schools and strip malls,

flew past the churches and gas stations


I was a flying object

who aspired to be unidentified

Colin Dodds is the author of Another Broken Wizard, Windfall, and The Last Bad Job, which Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology. Poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver JewsActual Air) said of Dodds’ work: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.” Colin’s book-length poem That Happy Captive was a finalist for the Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award as well as the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2015. And his screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. See more of his work at



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