Poetry by Joseph Grant

obsidian nights

Sleeping now
she desires to
be alone
adrift on her own
blackened seas
Her words are midnight
over the phone
black inside of me.
She said
love was once
an open field
where she could
roam free
without any walls
without any graceful fall
but love is
now a marriage
and just another
prison
inside us all.
Love is fire
a new kind of
killing art
bent on insanity
woshipped in shame
and destruction
in the burning church of the heart.
Sun gone obsidian
black into cold
worm again
into your own
oblivion
love is a
modem myth
replaced by
a god gone
mad.

winter wasteland

new york is
the cruelest month
winter of the mind
outside the glass
it blows
white.
frozen tar
black ice
steering wheel
gone mad
driven away
from sanity
careen into
fifth avenue.
wreaths green
given to
the madness
of red wooden doors
hung like lost souls
among the dead and buying.
cold village
heart
snow falls
d
  o
w
    n
in
washington
square park
where the never
have been
lie in
their icy piss
and
no one
really
cares.
all of them
scurrying along
their own
mental sidewalks
wishing no one
but their own
6 degrees
a merry christmas.

Joseph Grant is originally from New York City and his short stories and poems have been published in 45 literary reviews and e-zines, such as Byline, New Authors Journal, Howling Moon Press, Hack Writers, New Online Review, Indite Circle and Cerebral Catalyst to name a few. His work has also appeared in The New York Bar Guide (as a reviewer) and in various newspaper articles that have appeared in The Pasadena Star, Whittier News and the San Gabriel Tribune. He has published a work of verse, Indigo, with Alpha Beat Press and has completed his first novel. He currently resides in Los Angeles .

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2 responses to “Poetry by Joseph Grant

  1. Eerie, dark and wistful, these poems strike a chord in my own “burning church of the heart.”

  2. Haunting yet expressive. I like your observation for it is uncanny. Good Job!!!!

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