The Filth and the Fury

I was drunk when the food disappeared, the kitchen, I felt, remained
empty, the water–rain down my throat, I forgot to shut off the faucet.

I was dry, barren, I still had some cheese in my hand, the rat
bit my finger—it’s your louse anyway, just replaced by a cage.

Close your eyes, picture this: a film, where epic moments
are left, cut on the dying room floor, the horrendous ones played

background music over the scene, when I threw your bag, as you packed,
something broke inside, important stuff, which held me together

tonight, I know little birds fly nocturnally, only I can’t lift my own
un-winged future, unwritten on a broadside, which said, “forever”.


Photography © Glenn Bowie

Photography © Glenn Bowie


Timothy Gager is the author of eleven books of short fiction and poetry. His latest, The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan, (Big Table Publishing) is his first novel. He hosts the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over thirteen years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His work appears in over 300 journals, of which nine have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio.

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters. Glenn is also the official photographer for the Newton Writing and Publishing Center.