JACOB APPEL & DAN PINKERTON
MY FATHER INTRODUCES MY BROTHER AND MYSELF TO POLITICAL THEORY
You each get one vote
I get three
Childhood ain’t no
Black bears, mistaking the phone pole for a tree,
will climb, and thinking the buzzing cables
a beehive, will swipe at them. Hikers
later find the bears lacking any
visible wounds but stone dead nonetheless.
Likewise I might mistake this sedentary
ease for the work that will sustain me
and some years later find myself lying
inert, though without a mark on my body.
Jacob M. Appel is the author of eleven books including The Mask of Sanity (2017). He practices medicine in New York City. More at: www.jacobmappel.com
Dan Pinkerton lives in Urbandale, Iowa. His poems and stories have appeared in Cutbank, Indiana Review, Boston Review, Canteen, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and the Best New American Voices anthology. He is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals award, numerous Pushcart Prize nominations, and his fiction manuscript was a past finalist in the Flannery O’Connor Award competition.