The Crazy Artist

Sits in my room
Smoking cigars
Ashtray at her feet
Says she hasn’t left
Her room in a while
Crazy artists need isolation

She can destroy what she’s created
              can destroy herself
The path of creation
Always leads to destruction
It is a double edged sword
She is swinging around
              cutting herself with it
Painting in the splattered blood

The crazy artist came over today
Said she was getting out of this place for the holiday
Before she left, she looked at me and said
Don’t ask no painter to read a Poem


Artwork © Allison Goldin

Artwork © Allison Goldin


Michael D. Grover is a native Floridian now living in Toledo, Ohio. He sees himself as an activist for poetry, and hosts a weekly reading at The Collingwood Arts Center where he lives. Michael has been published all over the world, and has performed all over the country. He has had over a dozen chapbooks including his newest Some People Go Crazy which is available on Citizens For Decent Literature Press. His first full length collection of poetry A Shotgun Does The Trick is forthcoming on Tainted Coffee Press. Michael is the current head poetry editor at

Allison Goldin is an artist living in Cambridge. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles. She is currently studying Illustration at The School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.