Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction


to commemorate the release of my collection ‘FROM MY FRONT STEPS’ on June 5,

here’s an except from my second collection ‘SCOTCH AND SCARS’


soul at the bar


he mutters and hides beneath

that old chevy hat of his

i figure it’s the only true comfort

he’s got left

judging the way life has imploded his face

he drinks bud

pisses politics in the stall

his marriage emptied in the shot glasses

turned upside down before him

he mutters and draws his face in like a turtle

but life has left no hard shell

to protect him;

just his chevy hat

and every ounce of sorrow

americana has to offer.


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© Copyright Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

Poetry served to you raw and unedited from the moment crafted;

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


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