DO YOU KNOW YOUR LIBRARIAN?
This is for the woman who collects books.
She asks me if all of my questions were answered,
But I did not bring my answers with me,
Nor did I pack any questions needing to be asked.
I have a feeling, she says, you are a deep thinker,
And this proves she does not know me
For I have the brains of a catfish
And my skin is made of the cloth of down.
Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and The Pacific Review. He has nine chapbooks including I Was a Teacher Once (Ten Page Press, 2011), Firestorm: A Rendering of Torah (Camel Saloon Press, 2012) and The Possibility of Sky and Hell: From My Suicide Book (White Knuckle Press, 2013). He is the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011).