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Sad Jazz
Tony Barnstone

Sheep Meadow Press



Contents

• Acknowledgments
• THE BED
• Petrarch: Sonney 196
• Marriage Psalm
• Dancing out of the Shower
• Kabbalah
• It
• Falling Through
• In Her Dream He Touches Her Shoulder
• In a Hotel in Portugal
• At Suicide Beach
• How To Live in This World
• Throwing Stones at the Beach
• And the Sea Takes Their Wishes
• THING IN THE MIRROR
• Dark Lord
• Insect Wings
• Zombies
• Thing in the Mirror
• Nightmare Kiss
• The Grave
• Spider Woman
• Spider Man
• The Orchid Creature
• He Pays the Bill at the Sidewalk Café
• THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD
• The Audit
• The Happiest Man in the World
• He Gets Up off the Floor
• She Settled for Him
• His Younger Wife
• They Had Terrific Sex
• He Goes to See the Doctor
• After Eighteen Years
• WHAT SHE SAID
• Petrarch: Sonnet 195
• Break up with Him (A How-to Manual)
• Another Troy
• The Hook
• Antonyms
• What She Said
• What He Heard
• What He Tries Not to Say
• What Her Father Said
• Laughing Poem
• Screw the Beatles
• A Bowl of Bean Soup
• DRIVING AWAY FROM HER
• Bad Drivers
• After She Sat Down on the Couch and Told Him the Marriage Was Done
• The Pits
• His Wheels Are Whining
• Suicide Road
• He Saw Her Car
• AFTERMATH
• A Children's Tale
• Until She Left
• Out, Out, Out
• Zero at the Bone
• The Bed Is Wide
• George Harrison Died around the Same Time His Marriage Did
• He Wishes He Were Dead
• Sad Jazz
• On a Blow-Up Bed in the Study of His Father's Apartment
• Cut Off
• Insects
• Wet Paper
• The Ghost Limb
• Barbeque
• Aftermath
• END OF THE VACATION
• Two Tickets
• His Niece and Nephew on the Beach
• Drinking Cuervo Gold with Andy, Joe and Roman and a Guy from Liverpool Named Sven at Roman's Bar in Serifos, Greece
• Heart Sushi
• Waking Up Drunk
• In These Old European Towns the Streets Wrap Back upon Themselves Like an Insidious Argument
• After the Night Swim
• Foxes
• In the Ghetto
• Bright Surface Seen through a Train Window
• The Truth Is He Never Was Good at Flirting, But His Friends Did Their Best to Set Him Up
• A Cathedral in San Gimignano
• End of the Vacation
• GET ZEN
• He Murders His Darlings
• Like a Man in a Cuban Painting
• Another Drunken Phone Call
• Free Minutes on a Cell Phone
• The Dao of Being Dumped
• Moving Day
• The Real Tin Flower
• The Intelligent Animal
• Get Zen
• Refusal to Mourn
• He Had Some Sort of Demon Perched Upon His Shoulder
• The New Math
• Worn
• Nathan Tells Him
• Waiting for a Bus in Oakland
• Notes on the Poems

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:43:00 -0500