Literary Orphans

You, Me, and 1959 by Benjamin Blake

Followed the faint trail of sparks
Down low-lit streets
Headlights switched off
Radio still on
And the incessant chattering inside this crooked head

An ear pressed to the warped wood
Of an apartment door
It was barely minutes before the conversation stopped

Pearl-gripped indecision
The stuttering night paces into dawn
A matchbook, torn and spent
The corpses of a thousand cigarettes
Litter the scarred coffee table

Nursing a drink with a wounded paw
Some things heal better than others
And some things never do

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Benjamin Blake was born in the July of 1985, and grew up in the small town of Eltham, New Zealand. He is the author of the novel, The Devil’s Children, and the poetry and prose collections Southpaw Nights, and Standing on the Threshold of Madness. Find more of his writing (and photography) at

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–Art by Piotr Kaczmarek