about the author

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’s screenplay, “Refreshment,” was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than a hundred publications and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. You can find more of his work at thecolindodds.com.

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Redeeming Characteristics

Colin Dodds

More despairing than drunk,
but more drunk than the rest,
a bar rises from the mists.
And I fall into it.

It’s a terrible,
crowd, tonight.

I would have gone home earlier,
but I didn’t think bad luck
could hold out so long.

The pale girl coughs out her mating call.
The skeletal goddess of death
says she’ll do me a favor.
She takes some of the garbage away.

I have one redeeming characteristic,
and I seem to have misplaced it.

“Hey buddy,
you kill that pinball machine
and you kill yourself,”
yells the dishwasher.

I think of nothing but crap.
I make a little effort.
And think of nothing.

It would be a good start.
But it’s always the end.

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