Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


altered state


so i cleanse myself

in more booze.


call me a lush

but it’s more a penchant

to wash away the truth.


you don’t understand;

i don’t expect you to.


my altered state is preferable

than being drunk on what’s assumed to be.




© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

 …poetry handcrafted from the inside of bars …


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

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