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Todd Mercer

The Ming Ten Directive

Reach for the stars,
but be the reasonable person
capable of gleaning happiness
from a plate of decent sushi too.


Todd Mercer is a regular guy who was nominated for Fiction and Poetry Pushcarts last year, but still answers his own e-mails anyway.


 

Pushcart Nominee 2019

Todd Mercer

The Optimist

“Keep on believing in UFOs,
you magnificent bastard,”
said the Best Man at my fifth wedding
when I tried to explain to him
how I make my decisions.


Todd Mercer, who was nominated for Best of the Net in 2018, is going to keep on believing in UFOs.


 

Todd Mercer

The Optimist

“Keep on believing in UFOs,
you magnificent bastard,”
said the Best Man at my fifth wedding
when I tried to explain to him
how I make my decisions.


Todd Mercer, who was nominated for Best of the Net in 2018, is going to keep on believing in UFOs.


 

Todd Mercer

Skewering

“Stab me once, shame on you…”
says my shrink-friend, voting for divorce
over patching up, while we grill a ton of meat
for his umpteen teenage offspring,
“…fewer punctures = better.”

Todd Mercer coined the popular culture term “high-tracked” (becoming side-tracked from one’s stream of thought due to being high) and wrote a digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance, which appears at Right Hand Pointing.

Todd Mercer

DEFCON 1

“Jesus wept,” Mom said,
that prominent forehead vein flexing
as her offspring scattered to the four points
of the compass, no one lingering
to see the explosion, or what landed where.

Todd Mercer coined the popular culture term “high-tracked” (becoming side-tracked from one’s stream of thought due to being high) and wrote a digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance, which appears at Right Hand Pointing.

Todd Mercer

Collect

I called Eddie Kendricks
when I felt all hope was gone
and Eddie to his credit
mumbled heartfelt support
like it wasn’t 3 a.m.
in Detroit, Michigan.

Todd Mercer coined the popular culture term “high-tracked” (becoming side-tracked from one’s stream of thought due to being high) and wrote a digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance, which appears at Right Hand Pointing.

Todd Mercer

Is This Thing On?

The same way my parents assumed I never listened
before I became just like them, I’ll assume you hear me
clearer than you seem to, my impassable, beloved child.

Todd Mercer, winner of the 2016 Dyer-Ives Poetry Prize and the 2015 Grand Rapids Festival for the Arts Flash Fiction Prize had his digital chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance appear at Right Hand Pointing.