Requiem for J. R. “Bob” Dobbs, Glen Armstrong

I will be calm.
Here are the first two pages

from my three-
year calmness plan.

I will strive to understand
the sort of thistle

that ends up in cemeteries.
I will talk

about small white horses
and support the Church

of the SubGenius
with the same satirical vigor

that brought the organization
into existence.

I will avoid singers
who pound

imaginary marriage

with their fists
as they hit the high notes.


Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has a current book of prose poems: Invisible Histories. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit, and Cream City Review.

Glen Armstrong recommends “Lust” by Gary Taxali.

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