wet awning . . .
much too weary
to rise

looking at my
half-eaten sandwich

telling their stories . . . 
a drunk evening

fragmented by branches
our loose grip

his shadow
falling all around —
Suzuka Pass


Lucas Stensland is an American poet and novelist. He wrote the novel Name Your Poison: A Max Mitchum Mystery and co-authored the poetry book my favroite thing (bottle rokets press, 2011). His poems have been published in journals such as FrogpondMainichi Daily NewsThe Heron's Nest and Mayfly. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his cat, Townes Van Zandt.