arthur winfield knight | shutting down | the hobo jungle

SHUTTING DOWN

First,
the phone was turned off
for nonpayment,
then the natural gas went.
Luckily, it was summer.
The electricity went next,
but there were some matches
and a boxful of candles
next to the kitchen stove.
Water was the last to go.
Helga sat on the toilet
that no longer flushed,
out of toilet paper,
wondering
what would go next.

THE HOBO JUNGLE

There was an abandoned
hobo jungle
at the north end of town
when I was in high school.
There was a one room shack
next to the railroad tracks.
I looked into the shack,
which had a roof
made of corrugated tin,
each time I went there,
but it was always empty.
Sometimes I’d find
a used condom,
an empty can of beans,
a crushed pack of cigarettes.
Once, I discovered a patch
of blackened earth
where there had been a fire,
and I imagined men
sitting around it
in the moonlight.
I wanted to be a writer
so I imagined the men
telling me their stories,
but they were never there.

from BIG HAMMER No. 14

Welcome to Big Hammer #14

for whom who keeps a record:

Don Catena covers, 43, 90 Angela Mark 1, 14, 16, 18 Michael Shores 2, 106 Richard Kostelanetz 3, 68 Lyn Lifshin 5, 42 David S. Pointer 6 Ingrid Swanberg 7 Peter Money 8, 11 Janice Blue 9-10 Ed Galing 11,78-79 Dave Roskos 12, 65, 114 Robert Head 13, 15, 17, 18 Jim Cohn 19 Kell Robertson 20, 21 Ann Menebroker 21, 105 Tom Kryss 22, 23 Russell Salamon 24 Kit Knight 25, 26 Arthur Winfield Knight 27 Alan Catlin 28 John Bennett 28-31 David Elsey 31 Ken Greenley 32, 62/63 B. Z. Niditch 33, 41 Steve Dalachinsky 34, 98 Dennis Saleh 35-38 AlexB. aka Panther Moon 39 Tom Page 39 Chris Ide 40 Anthony George 41, 42, 113 Lew Black 42 Ray Brown 44 – 46 K. S. Hardy 46 Beth Bonus 47, 48 Candy Kaucher 47, 83/84 Melissa Fadul 49/50 Jen Dunford 51 Terry L. Persun 52 Boni Joi 53/54 Joe Weil 55/56 Tom Pulhamus 57/58 CarlAlessi 59-61 BradKohler 63, 77 TomObrzut 64/65 Steve Ausherman 66 Kevin Sweeney 67 M. Kettner 68 Todd Moore 69-71 John Lunar Richey 72 Kelley K. Vance 73/74 Guy R. Beining 75/76 Marc Olmsted 77 A.D. Winans 79 Ben Smith 80 Charles Rammelkamp 81 Nathan Whiting 81 Patrick Fealey 82/83 Gene Bloom 85 – 89 Normal 89Abel Debritto 91-96 William Wantling 96 Mark Weber 97 George Held 99 Lorinc Szabo translated by George Held & Katherine Mayer 100 Janos Lackfi translated by Paul Sohar 101 Donald Lev 102 Jeffrey Cyphers Wright 103 Tony Gruenewald 104John Berbrich 105 Justin Rogers 107-110 Lamont B. Steptoe 111/112

special thanks to Brother George for half-toning the photos & fixing the sink | iniquity press/vendetta books are edited & built by dave roskos at po box 527 point pleasant nj 08742 | iniquitypress@hotmail.com | copyrite 2011. all rites belong to contributors. ISSN-1043-1268 – 114 pages.

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