The Nuance of Building

By Josh Dale


Putting rebar into masonry is

kinda like sex:

two parts equal a whole and

are interdependent on survival.

Why does a building need to survive,

shift a few inches ever couple years?

Maybe if you did the calculations right

you wouldn’t be in this predicament

Soil is the variable;

solve the XY chromosomes

cause we are looking shaky.


Josh Dale is a Temple University alum, bicyclist, beer enthusiast, and owner of the sweetest Bengal cat. His work has appeared in 48th Street Press, Huffington Post, Page & Spine, vox poetica, and others. He’s the founder and editor-in-chief of Thirty West Publishing House with two chapbooks and a poetry collection, Duality Lies Beneath (Thirty West 2016)



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