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Barry Marks

Viagra Commercial

Now that I’m done chuckling about
the 4-hour erection,
I look at your photo and realize
that my heart is no longer
healthy enough for sex.

As a lawyer, Barry Marks finds attempting to express himself in a single sentence to be extremely challenging. (Editors Note: He did fine.)

Barry Marks

At 63, I am finally old enough

that I no longer have to explain
being bad at softball and basketball,
remembering birthdays
or pretending that what you’re saying
really makes a difference.

As a lawyer, Barry Marks finds attempting to express himself in a single sentence to be extremely challenging.

Barry Marks

Conjoined Truth

One of us needs to be the blonde girl
in the torn blue sweater
saying I love you I have always loved you
so the other of us can be the tall man
with the cigarette saying
I know I have always known
I am sorry.

As a lawyer, Barry Marks finds attempting to express himself in a single sentence to be extremely challenging.  

 

Barry Marks

Muse

My mother taught me to swim
by moving backward in the pool
as I flailed, frantic to reach her,
her voice saying I’m right here,
just swim to me.

Barry Marks is a Birmingham, Alabama attorney and poet whose book, Possible Crocodiles, was winner of the Alabama State Poetry Society’s 2010 Book of the Year.

Barry Marks

What Was Lost

Because of the fear
because of the years without the fear
we will never again make love
nakedly.

Barry Marks is a Birmingham, Alabama attorney whose poetry, fiction, articles and essays have been published in nearly 100 journals, magazines and periodicals. His book of poetry, Possible Crocodiles (Brick Road Poetry Press), was winner of the Alabama State Poetry Society’s 2010 Book of the Year.