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  • James Croal Jackson

It's complicated

James Croal Jackson

Sure, I know the DJ at Belvedere’s tonight

but that is all I have. My body is an ocean

liner that imagined a destination when

departing, but lost its way mid-voyage

while passengers scream it’s okay!

It’s okay!

On simple days

I open the window and watch

clouds pass with my long-hair

cat, breathing in the breeze like

we’ve both never been outside

before, trying to find some

comfortable place to rest

with the rail jutting up,

a dull blade.


James Croal Jackson is a Filipino-American poet who works in film production. His latest chapbooks are Count Seeds With Me (Ethel Zine & Micro-Press, 2022) and Our Past Leaves (Kelsay Books, 2021). Recent poems are in Stirring, Vilas Avenue, and *82 Review. He edits The Mantle Poetry from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (


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