A List of Things You Might Want to Reconsider

  1. why The Book of Reasons did not mention you
  2. why many of the explanations were not more difficult to understand than the questions
  3. why I would get down on my knees and shake hands with your dog
  4. why the photograph’s not obscene but the photographer is
  5. how something like discipline was achieved with annoying odors and irrelevant music
  6. why fate itself cannot be considered suicidal
  7. why a hardy gourd grown unevenly becomes thereby substantially more useful
  8. mountain people playing with fog
  9. a satisfactory death involving pins and impossibly tiny ropes
  10. why now is always the best time to make the worst mistakes
  11. why soldiers often speak through their wounds
  12. why soldiers can be distracted by the cautious temperament of fennel
  13. valley people playing Nobility Monster with mountain people
  14. why a more sensible shape wouldn’t fit more easily into the common error
  15. why it’s raining in the visitor’s bathroom and we like to call this a painting
  16. why there can be no final words attendant upon final words
  17. why a riddle can answer a question that has not been asked

Rich Ives has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, The Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, FictionDaily and many more. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize. He is the 2012 winner of the Thin Air Creative Nonfiction Prize. His books include Light from a Small Brown Bird (poetry, Bitter Oleander Press), Sharpen (fiction chapbook, theNewerYork), The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking (What Books) and Tunneling to the Moon (hybrid, Silenced Press).

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