Gargoyle #64
Cover photo by Chris Cardinale
Published 1/30/2016

Table of Contents


Jorge Armenteros
• Pushing Outside the Received: An Interview with 
Laird Hunt

Jamie Brown
• On PTSD in The Great Gatsby

George Choundas
• Tampa, Florida, 1184 B.C.

Shasta Grant
• One-Night Stand

David Reich
• Dispatch from the Crime Wave

Nancy Nau Sullivan
• Isla

Elisha Wagman
• The Tall Tale of a Recovering Liar

Tim Wendel
• Prologue—The Cancer Cowboys


R. A. Allen
• Office Casualties

Aaron Anstett
• What You Mean by “I” 
• The Bargain

Cynthia Atkins
• My Password
• Graffiti Is My Mother

Sara Backer
• Aphasia Blues

Stacey Balkun
• Father

Tina Barr
• Gospels in a Jar

Lisa Marie Basile
• Four Poems

Alessandra Bava
• The Cabinet of Curiosities
• Les Goddesses

Paulette Beete
• Blonde Ambition

Jacquelyn Bengfort
• We Take the Bus

Jennifer Jackson Berry
• Orgasm in Iowa

Mary Biddinger
• Most Unique, Mint Condition 
• Horizon-Free Living 
• A Little Action 
• Conspicuous Consumption 
• Consolation Prize

Paula Bonnell
• The House of Old Lovers

Jim Bourey
• Amaryllis, Snow, Dementia

Janet Bowdan
• On Nighthawks and Other Western Art Showing 
Women Listening to Men

Judith Bowles
• If I Were a Catholic

Shirley J. Brewer
• Queen Kong

Jamie Brown
• Beatitudes

Mary Buchinger
• Pardon me, deserts, that I don’t rush to you bearing a spoonful of water.

Jessie Carty
• A Conversation I Didn’t Have with Li-Young Lee

Sara Biggs Chaney
• The Problem with Daisy Buchanan

Susan Cohen
• Ankus

Joan Colby
• Pandora

Flower Conroy
• Artificial Red

Kelly Cressio-Moeller
• Something to Remember 
• Suburban Aubade with French Horn

Barbara Crooker
• Weather Systems
• Sins of Omission

Teresa d’Arenys
• This

Ariana D. Den Bleyker
• She Paints Pictures of Animals Dying 
• Nature Wears Black Upon the Death of August

Melanie Dunbar
• Red Barn, Tin Roof

Jared A. Duran
• The Chewing of Gum 
• Hospitals of the Heart and Mind

Meg Eden
• Tokyo Steakhouse

Moira Egan
• Paestum Rose
• Lagerfeld for Men 
• Baudelaire

Rachel Eisler
• iLear 
• Guest Speaker

Kristina England
• A Poem to Golfe Juan 
• And maybe it was

Joyce Maust Enzor 
• In Her—Portraits of Myself 
• Never Look in the Eyes

Nausheen Eusuf
• Chapped

Danielle Evennou
• Ode to Gaby Hoffmann’s Telegenic Bush 
• What Happened

Robert Evory
• Mistake 
• Forgetting

Irene Fick
• Sex on the Sand

Margie Fuston
• Zombie Vanity

Stephen Gibson
• Musée des Beaux Arts Update

E. Laura Golberg
• If I Were a Car

John Gosslee
• 4 Erasure Poems

Eric Greinke
• Breakfast for Paranoids

John Grey
• I Was Not a Hit

Jim Gross
• Guillem de Poitou 1071–1127
• Dad’s Fish 
• Hard Pressed No. 6 
• Clarity 
• Green Shadwell

Hedy Habra
• Or Don’t You Ever Offer Yourself as a Main Course

Maryanne Hannan
• Another Cock & Bull Story

Kevin Heaton
• Michael Landon

Paul Hellweg
• Taking a Trip to London 
• The Sorrow of War
• A New Journey Begins

Robert Herschbach
• Space 1999

Amy Holman
• Relief of Unknown God Found at the Crossroads

Anna Maria Hong
• Snowem I 
• Snowem II
• Snowem III

Paul House
• Poem for Anna 
• Good Friday in Salamanca 
• Miguel Hernández

Donald Illich
• Falling

Sonja James
• Spellbound

Jessie Janeshek
• Day Tripping, Geronimo Trail

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins
• Two Stars Coming out of a Shovel
• A Basic Guide to Numismatics

Mark Allen Jenkins
• Cocoons

Brad Johnson
• Delayed Gratification

Bill Jones
• On the Ground in Medellín 
• What the Fodor’s Guide Didn’t Tell Us 
• What I Know About Anthrax

E. C. Jones
• Rusti’s Song 
• For Miles Davis

Jill Khoury
• Sonnet for Ambien

Joan Payne Kincaid
• A Martini at Five P.M. Smooths Transitions

Laurie Kolp
• Faire un Triple
• Going Braless

Gerry LaFemina
• Arguing Faith with the Agnostics

Linda Lerner
• Waiting for the D Train

Duane Locke
• Word Trance No. 85

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens
• Statoblast

John MacDonald
• From Juarez

Michael Mark
• Visiting My Daughter

Jennifer Martelli
• Pete Townshend’s Voice behind Me, the Snowplow’s Blade before Me

Richard Martin
• I Think I Can Answer That

Rita Maria Martinez
• The Madwoman

Cynthia Matsakis
• A Winter Landscape

Susan H. Maurer
• Risk 
• James Foley 
• The Polar Vortex

Margaret McCarthy
• I Wish I Could Drive 
• Surfer

Leigh McDonald
• 70° in December 
• J.R.S., 1962

Dora E. McQuaid
• Origin (#7)

Marla Melito
• The Burqa

Michael Milburn
• Seamus Heaney at Harvard

Devon Miller-Duggan
• Disorderly Abecedarian.5: Calendar

Gloria Mindock
• On Top of His Stomach, a Boat Was Floating

Nancy Carol Moody
• Please Remain Seated until the Captain Has 
Turned off the Seatbelt Sign

Miles David Moore
• A Soaking Rain

Dave Morice
• The Final Art

Elisabeth Murawski
• Childish Things 
• The Present

Maria Nazos
• Rock ’n’ Roll Fever 
• For a Good Time, Call Morphine

Sheryl L. Nelms
• Kansas Wheat Farmer 
• Rosetta

Rodney Nelson
• From a Letter to the Lost

Joe Nicholas
• The Trees are Ever Embracing 
• The Water Spiral

Greg Olsen
• Love and Dinosaurs

Raul Palma
• Batido de Mamey

Theresa Pappas
• Questions for the New Year 
• Local News 
• Dream Survey

Kate Peper
• Balloon

Andrea Potos
• It Happens in Greece

Richard Prins
• The Beverages

Jessica Quah
• 妈 (mā)

Charles Rammelkamp
• AuH2O 
• Singer-Songwriter-Stalker

Elizabeth Rees
• Intern Culture

David Romanda
• Bucket List 
• Next Big Thing

Marty Sanchez-Lowery
• Chinese Ink 
• Dancing Your Age

Lorraine Schein
• A Nevelson Triptych

Janice Lynch Schuster 
• Language Acquisition

Eric Paul Shaffer 
• God as a Dispenser of Pez

Judith Skillman
• Andy Warhol Circa 2015

Gary Sloboda
• Through Radnóti’s Eyes 
• St. Rose 
• Ohio Riff

Noel Sloboda
• The Patron Saint of Piggy Banks 
• At the Tattoo Removal Center

Amy Souza
• Dissolution 
• Way Out

The Poet Spiel
• interpretive solo 
• the preaching

Richard Spilman
• Summer in Taipei, 1968

D. E. Steward
• Beyond Herat 
• Habermas

Holly Stone
• Revolutionary Pudding

Bradley R. Strahan
• Rattlebone’s Theory of History

Alison Carb Sussman
• Acting Like a Woman

Marc Swan
• Acceleration

Dennis James Sweeney
• 66°20’S 124°38’E

Pia Taavila-Borsheim
• Peaches
• Toward Death

Jeff Talmadge
• Reunion
• Cross-Country Drive 
• Just Another Town

Jason Tandon
• Lines in Early Autumn 
• Locker Room

Jim Taylor
• Crusoe and I

M. Kaat Toy
• Neologism Psychosis

Meredith Trede
• What Will You Wear to War, Darling Boy
• Steel the Soldiers’ Hearts

Randi Ward
• Home

Danae Weimer
• In the Orchid’s Voice of Waiting

Derek JG Williams
• Archivists

Pamela Murray Winters
• Two Texas Folk Films

Laryssa Wirstiuk
• Central Avenue Voodoo

Bill Wolak
• Wind-seeking Seeds

Michele Wolf
• Forest Encampment

William Kelley Woolfitt
• Manzanar Haibun (ii)

Kirby Wright
• Driving by SeaWorld 
• The Leaping Off Place

Alyssa Yankwitt
• I’m the One Who Burns

Ed Zahniser
• The Tibetan Buddhism GPS Device 
• Persistence of the Parent Tapes 
• National Anthem at Birth, 1814: An Homage 
• Ted Berrigan Visits the National Gallery of Art

Burgi Zenhaeusern
• Mass at Easter in the Alps



Gregg Shapiro
• My Mother’s Vanity

Beate Sigriddaughter
• Blind Tiresias

Sarah Nicole Smetana
• Modern Commons

Marija Stajic
• Bucket of Fat

Caleb Tankersley
• Godzilla Girl

Susan Isla Tepper
• Son of Leon

Ursula Villarreal-Moura
• Honeymoon in Zagreb, 2009

Vallie Lynn Watson
• The Dead You’ve Left

Katherine West
• A Good Hand

Shannon Connor Winward
• BabyCake

Hananah Zaheer
• Listening for Storm

Kate Lu
• Ways to Breathe While Drowning

Fiona J. Mackintosh
• Janus

James Magruder
• Shift Work

Mary Claire Mahaney
• On Cheeko Lake

Lily Meyer
• Meyerland

Joseph Wendell Miller
• Desert Girl

Michael Minchin
• Tools

Terence Mulligan
• Tom’s World

Judith O’Neill
• Dreams of Croatia

W. P. Osborn
• On the Role of Venus in the Abduction of Helen

Meredith Pond
• Delgado and the Bike Shop Boys

Miranda Schwartz
• The Shine of Fates

Yvonne J Seng
• Montana Mermaid

Claudia Apablaza
• My Father Seems to Think I’m a Fakir

Bill Beverly
• A Good Man

Elizabeth Bruce
• Van Camp’s Pork & Beans

Jennifer H. Catto
• Don’t Panic, Don’t Pull

Megan Giddings
• Between Sternum and Heart

Nancy Hightower
• Evangelical Wonderland

Christian Holt
• Confessions of a College Admissions Officer

Beth Konkoski
• Saying Goodbye

Pavel Lembersky
• Cat-Dogs
• Girl Wants to Be a Politologist

Louise Wareham Leonard • from 52 Men

Christopher Woods
• Ferris Wheel

Erica Orgen
• Couple

Stephen Gibson
• Counterattack (collage)

Erica Orgen
• Nap

Marika von zellen
• Child Prisoner of the Gaol


Laird Hunt
• Pushing Outside the Received
Interviewed by Jorge Armenteros