The tiny poems of Zen capture those seemingly insignificant moments that occur between strangers: a peak inside someone's cracked door, a girl crying for joy at the coffee shop, a kind word from a doorman.
Set on the slippery streets of a Chicago winter, the overtly un-zen narrator of these poems navigates through these small moments on a fixed-gear, cataloging them in alphabetical order in an attempt to cycle toward some state of enlightenment.
dear boyfriend and girlfriend
living somewhere on north jannsen
i fell down on the ice
and my first thought
was to protect your food
forgive me for for a moment
not being a real human being
i hope you couldn't taste it
You can purchase this book at Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee, WI; Morris Bookshop in Lexington, KY, Prospero's Books in Kanasas City, MO, and at rabbitcatastrophe.blogspot.com
Mikey Swanberg is a poet living and working in Chicago. Christopher Dean Hayes is a artist and musician also from Chicago.