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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.

Todd Mercer

Great View, Poor Accommodations

Jesus couldn’t really see Peter’s house from there,
but that’s the cool cat the apostles loved, the mensch
making jokes for them even as he slipped away.

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.

Todd Mercer

My Other Ride’s Your Mom

read the T-shirt of the neighborhood guy
who topped out a high school football hero,
my change pushed under bulletproof glass.

 

Todd Mercer, winner of the Woodstock Writers Festival’s Flash Fiction contest, appears in Apocrypha and Abstractions, Blue Collar Review, Cease Cows, Dunes Review, Eunoia Review, 50-Word Stories, The Lake, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Postcard Poems and Prose and Right Hand Pointing.