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Derek Richards

i've retired my brain.
the process of writing a memo to my issues,
baggage, doubts and insecurities
is under way.
my fiance adores a stuffed animal named Vulner,
he is a turtle with a zipped pocket
inside his shell.
from now on my arguments with the world
will find a home there,
as well as any stress-related themes,
financial disasters or holiday cravings
for booze, drugs or emergency rooms.
you want a piece of me?
talk to the turtle.


About the Author

After performing both music and poetry around the Boston area for twenty years, Derek Richards shed his fear of rejection and began submitting his work this past August. So far his poetry has appeared in over fifty publications, including: Lowestoft Chronicle, Lung, Word Riot, Cantaraville, Soundzine, The Centrifugal Eye, Opium 2.0, MediaVirus, Calliope Nerve, Right Hand Pointing, Breadcrumb Scabs, Tinfoildresses, Poets Ink, The Foundling Review, Sex and Murder and Dew on the Kudzu. He has also been told to keep his day job by Quills and Parchment. His dog, cat, and two ferrets admire his attempts to be honest, direct, brilliant, and lucrative. Also, he wants you to know that he has compiled over 50 fantasy sports championships. Happily engaged, he resides in Gloucester, MA, cleaning windows for a living.