Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

The orator is an atomizer, spraying hope.

If he had any chance of grasping power, the secret forces would have assassinated him already.

America is the latest incarnation of the Black Plague. We are diseased collectively and individually—no

one escapes.

I went to the rally and inhaled the odors of thousands of bodies. Passion surrounded me like coastal fog.

By the next day it had burned off; I felt bereft.

I went home and spread Nutella thickly on a leftover blueberry pancake. Eating it was like participating

in an orgy. When I was young I smoked a lot of marijuana and participated in orgies, but that was a long

time ago.

We were hopeful then. But we didn’t need to be hopeful because we were stoned. Stoned out of our


The orator’s hope is a recycled product.

The novelist Walker Percy said that the predominant emotion of the twentieth century was

disappointment. No one has yet emerged to reveal the predominant emotion of the twenty-first.


Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over a thousand of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad, including THE MISCREANT. He has been nominated for numerous prizes for work published from 2011 through 2015. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. To see more of his work, google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver.

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