The Orange Room Review

Accessible poetry of substance


by Harry Calhoun

The closing on my father’s house
is the nail in his coffin
but there is so much open
how long it takes grass to grow
on the grave how long
it takes to pass over
the house into another name
my father to pass over
into whatever is not closed
and me to transcend
into another world
where there is closure
not the stupid senseless suffering
“I’ll see you tomorrow,”
my last words made into a lie
by his death
but dad, in my heart
there is no casket
there is no closing this

HARRY CALHOUN’S articles, literary essays, book reviews and poems have been published in magazines including Writer’s Digest and The National Enquirer. Recently, his online chapbook Dogwalking Poems went live at The Dead Mule. His trade paperback, I knew Bukowski like you knew a rare leaf, is now available from Trace Publications. He has had recent publications in Chiron Review, Still Crazy, SNReview, Abandoned Towers, Dante’s Heart, Yippee!, Neonbeam, LiteraryMary, Word Catalyst and many others, with more upcoming. He published a now-rare booklet of Charles Bukowski poems in the 1980s.