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Fall/Winter 2017

Brian Daldorph


I sip vodka, admire the glass.
I’m on my own tonight—
could life be any better than this?

Maria said, “You’ll miss
me,” but I’m not missing her, I’m not!
I sip vodka, admire the glass,

and though my life’s a mess—
I’ve fucked it up left and right—
life couldn’t get better than this!

My daughter’s in jail, don’t know where my son is—
I’m better off without that shit.
I sip vodka, admire the glass,

and I’d just like to say that there is
a God, we’re drinking vodka together tonight,
could life be any better than this?

Just me and Smirnoff, glass after glass,
and all quiet on Midnight Street.
I sip vodka—a hard kiss.
Could life get any better than this?


Brian Daldorph, Ph.D., teaches creative writing at the University of Kansas and the Douglas County Jail. He is the editor of the literary journal, Coal City Review. His most recent books of poetry are From the Inside Out: Sonnets and Jail Time.



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