Verdict

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

Published by:

Diane R. Wiener

Diane R. Wiener is the author of the full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses (Nine Mile Press, 2018), and the poetry chapbook, Flashes & Specks (Finishing Line Press, 2021). Diane’s poems also appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest, Diagrams Sketched on the Wind, Jason’s Connection, and elsewhere. Diane’s creative nonfiction appears in Stone Canoe, Mollyhouse, and The Abstract Elephant Magazine. Her flash fiction appears in volumes 2 and 3 of Ordinary Madness; short fiction is forthcoming in A Coup of Owls. 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 as the magazine’s Assistant Editor. The Founding Director of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center (2011-2018), Diane now serves as a Research Professor and as the Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute (Syracuse University College of Law); she also teaches in the Renée Crown University Honors program. Diane has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects. She blogged for the Huffington Post between May 2016 and January 2018. Diane is the Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, housed at Syracuse University.

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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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