Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

an excerpt from my new collection

‘FROM MY FRONT STEPS’ 

 

the forgotten phase

 

the country closed tight

though like an old whore

some parts insist on parting open

accepting the dime but not the dollar

common sense priceless and drying in jars

moonshine gone the way of lemonade

and the sober guzzle it

while the drunks measure the fingers

clinging inside the glass

laughing cause they get it—

the hard stuff lends the buzz

but reality is what’ll get ya—

with swimming heads they toast the drowning

knowing thru abandoned hearts

they trained for the marathon

not the race.

 

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FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

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elopement

 

so this is it

the guests have gone

the way unattended

no one to witness

your first dance

did you sweep away

your lack of rsvps

along with

your growing return of regrets

they were released, you know

doves to sky, or rice

so cliché

the old italian man

grips the broom and in my accent

your love has been like wahter

always running.

we shared the same vision once

billowing white draperies

ghosts to air in our beach villa

and i’ve clutched your spirit since

and you’ve fled our vision

like wahter.

so this is it

no one to hear your heels skipping

save the old italian man

his broom keeping cadence.

 

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FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

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it’s a fine looking family, don’t you think?

 

FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

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self-analysis

 

figure yourself the fuck out.

 

i can’t do it for you.

 

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FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

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you knew shit until me

 

so accustomed you were

to the frill, the grandeur

so accustomed to sparkle

the hollow repetition

of delicacies;

you never saw me coming;

you never knew i

existed at all;

truths long denied

now stain you;

gentle love atop your bed

traded for a hard fuck

against the wall.

 

listen to this poem

 

FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

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thunder

 

it’s thunderously quiet in this dark.

the truth is that no matter how much

i tell myself i am better off without you

i’m not.

 

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FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

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right mix

 

you and me

 

nothing but bone

to provide space

 

flesh to bind.

 

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FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

 

day after day

 

the cruelest

of all the lonelies

is waiting on a phone

that refuses to ring.

 

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FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

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murderers

 

i drank scotch

i drank scotch

drank another scotch

and took a piss

and noticed the snot

on the walls

a graveyard of snot

dead by smearing

and dead by premature

picking

hanging

a sacred place above the urinal.

 

i scrubbed my hands

did not touch the bar

but threw down a good tip

and got away

from all the disgusting

unclean

murdering

motherfuckers

that could have been sitting next to me.

 

listen to this poem

 

FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms

 

 

did you get your copy of FROM MY FRONT STEPS yet?

 

it’s a poetry collection, of course, but also a story within a story within a story,

and no one really knows how it will end…

 

here’s the introductory page to FROM MY FRONT STEPS

 

summer 2020:

 

over the course of several days,

i took to my front steps with notebook,

pen, bluetooth speaker and

drink of my choice.

 

covid-19 had closed all my favorite watering holes

and where else was a barflypoet supposed to write?

 

so here’s a little story about

ruminations, observations and longing in a pandemic.

 

i poured myself across those steps;

i never spilled a drop from my drinks, though.

 

FROM MY FRONT STEPS

now available on Amazon

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

all poetry is older work and chosen at random unless otherwise noted.

 

Scotch and Scars’ and ‘A Distilled Spirit’ in paperback and Kindle ebook at Amazon.

subscribe to the audio barflypoet YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/y2stm5ms