What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

A stronger man, for all I know (Dear Shadwick 3)


I could have sworn that this cup was full of decaf
even though I never asked for that
this zap won’t keep me up long enough
to write the devil out of me

you know those old cartoons where
a devil and an angel sit upon
the protagonist’s shoulders
pleading their particular desires

the secret they never tell you is
that in the landscape of the human
brain there are only devils
no angels to be found

and if you want to find the light
to fight back against the darker whispers
you have to be the angel
for yourself
It’s a dark and it’s an ugly thing, I know, that we all have to face down sometime, I suppose

(Inspiration and title from “Their Dark Robes” by Quiet Hollers)

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What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

About Andrew.

Andrew Cartwright grew up in Indianapolis, IN, but has lived over the years in such places as Denver, CO; Fairfax, VA; and Rivne, Ukraine. He is a former nonfiction editor for both Indiana Review and phoebe; he has also worked for the intersectional feminist journal, So To Speak, and the national literary magazine, Electric Literature. His work has appeared in The Normal School Online, Copper Nickel, Esquire Ukraine, Literary Hub, and Word Riot.

For more information about me and links to other writing, visit my author page at cartwriter.com





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