Issue 9: Horizontal vs. Vertical
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program


Ad Nauseam

Micah Ballard

Incessant rain.
No more wind to weep the noise,
rattle the blinds
I had wanted a flat on 42nd
but instead retired to a monastery
to mask the exhaustion.
I hid in the bathroom for days
& scorned any notion of their permanence
as long as my body held on
I traveled from one state to another
then didn’t see anyone for months
I hope to return a forgotten nobility
& lure back the faithful
young literati too rich to care
a drastic deterioration
virtual in every particular

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