James Diaz




a summons

from the crows

across town

the lonely

lean into quiet

walk two-step hollow

into the fading light

misfortune motel

and everyone knows

this is how it goes

for them too

you wake up one day

not at all like how

you thought you’d be

huddled around a prayer

you can’t quite bring yourself to mutter

and so you don’t

you just sit there and listen to the sound

of the train trundle across the tracks

dreaming of homes you never had

all the love that was never yours

and when people ask

how did this happen

you tell em, in all honesty,

I really don’t know.



James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (Indolent Books, 2018) and editor (along with Elisabeth Horan & Amy Alexander) of the anthology What Keeps us Here: Songs from The Other Side of Trauma (Anti-Heroin Chic Press, 2019). In 2016 he founded the online literary arts and music journal Anti-Heroin Chic to provide a platform for often unheard voices, including those struggling with addiction, mental illness and Prison/confinement. His most recent work can be found in Moonchild Magazine, Occulum, Drunk Monkeys and Thimble Literary Magazine. He resides in upstate New York, in between balanced rocks and horse farms. He has never believed in anything as strongly as he does the power of poetry to help heal a shattered life.

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