Poetry by Samuel Strathman from Fevers of the Mind Anthologies


keep the sound out
keep your hands to yourself
let me think on my own

loneliness does not
faze me at all
companionship is the
root of all my problems

wait for me to come to you
or else I will shatter at your feet

Going Backwards

caffeine lacks its usual potency
I am out of my body
a hollow chalky sound
bouncing off a long hallway
stumbling further and further from
where i belong
after you left
I fell into a sinkhole
where i started beating
myself up over losing you

Invisible Violins
for Krystal

 We listen to a song
 from a contemporary composer.

 She closes her eyes
 Fingering every note (in the air)

 I try to imagine
 Krystal's violin
 in her hands,
 but it doesn't come
 into full colour.

 Later, I conjure
 an image of Krystal
 with her fingers
 weaving along my spine -
 across my shoulders,
 forming wings.

 She's following
 a different melody now,
 wings unfurling, statuary.

 We can fly.

Emotional Barriers

Invisible walls got their name
because every time we think
we're breaking ground,
we pratfall
on our flummoxed asses.

Hang out with enough
emotionally unavailable people
and the falls
become abrasive,
impaled by boulders
in a lake
of fatalism.

Blind devotion
means hitting your head
on the way down.


I still eat chocolate bars
and cake.

They fill me
to this day.
Faith catches me
with a left hook
on occasion,
and on those occasions
I'm glad I prebooked
a date with a pine box
Available plots
are becoming fewer
and far between,
land splitting six ways
from Sunday.

Bio from 2020
Samuel Strathman is a poet, author, educator, and the founder/editor-in-chief of Floodlight Editions. 
Some of his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in White Wall Review, Blank Spaces, Dreich Mag, and elsewhere.  His debut chapbook, "In Flocks of Three to Five" was published by Anstruther Press (2020) His second chapbook, "The Incubus" was published by Roaring Junior Press


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