That drip on the cement, not spit, crimson crust
Peels off the layers, hate sandwiched in smiles
Burned into leaves of leave and never come
Back to black, it’s the only color of every color

No more marriage of trust, with those that
Know not, no more nothing, double negative can
Only be positive when multiplying luck
With fate, only leads to debate
Whether poles or polls determine
This raw and reflective
Scratching and scraping
Inside nerves and pain
Deeper than any soul
Can hold and take and take

Spent, cents, anger manged into
Dogged disrespect for
Due process
I need, we need, not believe
To be
Estoy muy mal
Not healthy or tasty
Or taste me
This flavor of ours
We need to trust in
Our determination
To dust off this whole
This hole. Those little ones
Distraught, feelings can’t be taught

Don’t accuse me of telegraphing
When you sent the message
I found my pen, I found my scroll
While they spit their Skoal
No more OF THIS for THEM and no one else
I hate my whiteness
I hate the association
I know better but I can’t handle
This disregard for everything
Tried and true If                they only knew


Artwork © Ira Joel Haber


Raised in Dallas TX and Portland OR, Joseph Iraggi was exposed early on to a diverse array of cultural experience. In 2011, after marching through 6 years of school, Joseph received his Master’s of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California. His work has been published in the Aforementioned Press’s publication apt, the Five 2 One Magazine Issue 12 &14, and Drunk Monkeys. He is a tutor/teacher living in West Hollywood.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer,photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows bothin the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.