|The Vallum Award for Poetry 2011 winners|
Jack Miller lives and writes near Boston. Hs first published poem appeared in Vallum’s 4.2/5.1 issue four years ago, two full decades after he started writing terrible poetry in high school. He’d love it if you’d stop by www.jack-miller.org and say hello.
“...A concoction of aconite, yew, caustic lime, arsenic, bitter almonds, and powdered glass. Mixed with honey, it was made into pills the size of walnuts.”
—Andrew Wallace Hayes, Principles and methods of toxicology
Suspicion was first to die, gone peacefully in its sleep:
Therefore, at its funeral, I failed to notice that
I swallowed them all, chill and smooth, like lodestones
or rational thought—was paralyzed by the narcotic mix
Such palliative dreams to follow: honeysuckle and hazel,
you needn’t lie about the color of its sails.