AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 2, No. 1

Adventures in Long Island:
Shit-faced on Montauk Point

I stand as on some mighty eagle’s beak.
–Walt Whitman

If—at the end of the parking lot
where nests of boulders hide gull wings and
the bleached plates and shards of crabs and
heaps of unidentified feet and arms and legs,
where the flagpole clanks hollowly in the wind
—one drinks up (or gulps down) the Atlantic,
the Atlantic would still be where it is, except it
wouldn’t be what it is, the Atlantic, a Jell-O
of lifeless fruit: it would be
Zalinski himself, his skin stretched across the world,
the stripes of his oxford like lines
of longitude, his breath like trade winds,
his right hand like a cup in Cattlewash
filled with killdivil rum, his toes
tickling the toasty coast of Curaçao.

John Surowiecki

John Surowiecki is the author of eleven books of poetry; the twelfth, Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress and Other Poems, will be published in 2017 by Encircle Publications.  John is also the winner of the 2017 Nilson Prize for a First Novel for his Pie Man, published next fall by Southeastern Missouri State Press.