Poet Laureate of Himself

By Chris Carosi

it was made to prove something

to throw away was to have it first

to be a trap kid in there

shouldering forgiveness

to win the whole love in a sedan in June

a blonde man in his 30s who worships his father

a name he gave me protection from death

I seek in the book a protection from self

protect me from extension, remorse

rising in my throat

a blade of cloth


Chris Carosi is from Pittsburgh and studied at the University of San Francisco creative writing program. He is the author of the chapbooks FICTIONS (Gorilla Press, 2015) and bright veil (New Fraktur Press, 2011). More of his poems have appeared in Spring Gun, Switchback and a few others. He lives in San Francisco with Rebecca.