Mark Jackley

To a Dog from Guatemala Asleep in a Brooklyn Bar

Holy Virgin, thank you
for appearing as a mutt
to flick cigar-brown eyes,
slowly wag your tail,
affirm without a word
there are no borders or
strangers here tonight,
just a few strays.

Lucinda Williams

Door to heart
kicked open,
Christ it’s good out here.

Mark Jackley‘s new book of poems is Appalachian Night, available for free at