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
counselors

with their fists
as they hit the high notes.

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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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