coffee smoke
however fetching
doesn’t make anything
more bearable

I don’t understand
cheerful people
what are they hiding?

my cat is more empathic
and certainly more honest
than most of you

when he bites me
it sort of makes sense

what am I so angry about
how long do I have
underlying reducible to
nonsense gaslit spinals

don’t take yourself so
seriously isn’t what gets
said to the perp
even when he’s dead

these days the
cat gallops after a
robust dump

invert the gloaming
loop supine

he scratches vertically
rising out of his tail
a dorsal fin flush

try and stop me
if you like

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Diane R. Wiener

Diane R. Wiener’s first full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses, was published in 2018 by Nine Mile Press. Her poems appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, and elsewhere. Poetry is forthcoming in the Welcome to the Resistance anthology; creative nonfiction is forthcoming in Stone Canoe. Diane’s flash fiction appears in Ordinary Madness (Weasel Press). After serving as Guest Editor for Nine Mile Literary Magazine’s Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics, Diane was appointed Assistant Editor for the magazine. In 2020, Diane became Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. A Research Professor at Syracuse University, where she also teaches in the Honors program, Diane has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects.

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3 thoughts on “Verdict”

  1. Provocative.  I especially like the stanza about cheerful people.  My question: what are they ignoring?  Love you, f 
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