Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

 

‘it’s in the telling’

 

i have completely tuned them out.

 

i understand how little they respect me.

 

i’m not as detached as i let on.

 

their truth is as fabricated as my smile.

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

Knock back my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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‘he knew but didn’t want to believe’

 

thank you

for betraying me tonight

this bar will thank you

drained wallet

drained bottle of scotch

drained heart that made

a fucking mess of the place.

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

Knock back my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


‘in search of’

 

we’re all in search of something.

he’s in search of a strong cell phone signal

she’s in search of any signal from her man

he’s in search of a way

to keep the woman at the bar

from elbowing him while she talks

but she’s in search of an ear;

more salt for her margarita.

the old woman’s in search of the tissue up her sleeve

the dog’s in search of a fresh patch to piss on

the baby’s in search of its voice while

the parents are in search of quiet and they are in search

of a platform to be heard.

 

we’re all in search of something.

it lends you a sense of purpose

yet leaves you horribly undefined.

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘cougar’

 

she’s hitting 50

hem of her shorts

hitting her chin

keeping with the times

unaware her moment

passed her 30 years ago.

 

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

Knock back my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

‘café’

 

let’s meet in a café

i’ll draw your portrait

if i could do justice to myth.

 

i’ll lick latte from your tongue

then write your name in my cup

let’s sing poetry

and confuse the patrons:

they don’t understand cobblestoned meter.

 

you sway to jazz

and i’ll grind to blues

juju to my gris-gris

risen spirit to my blood.

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

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‘comic’

 

after awhile it all becomes nonsense

her at the top of her lungs calling him so prick

—ish

him firing back how did things get so fucked up

—ish

if they didn’t crush each other

time and time again

they might actually find it funny.

 

#barflypoet

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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

Knock back my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

‘and here i’m worried of my pimple’

 

1, 2, 3

he drains the beers

down his throat

no apologies for

the belches or

his thinning hair.

 

#barflypoet

#josephapinto

© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 

…poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars; no poem recently written…

Knock back my poetry collection ‘A Distilled Spirit: pained prose from a bar,’ now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.