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Fingertips by Charly Fasano

Going to get to know himself better

by studying his fingerprints.

Wondering what got him here in the third place.

Going to get caught up in places

most people go to unwind.

Out of all the times he’s died

this one hurts the most.


Partly cloudy

There’s cages hanging from cranes building New Denver.

He picked a pretty good day to start huffing markers.

He sits on a cooler drinking can beer in a parking lot overlooking a parking lot,

with a cheap view of a country club.  

Golfers graze children in the heavy rough

while they drink brunch down the fairway.

He’ll never figure out if it’s members only to play

or members only to watch.


He thinks of himself as a prophetic epileptic

all the waking ghost rides

tasting smells with a numb tongue

almost enjoys when tingles creep prepositional.


Startled asleep

still living

still partly cloudy but bright enough to wear sunglasses

the kind of day when he has to choose

between buying toilet paper and eating his cat.


A waffle and a cup of coffee hold hands and skip across a diner window.

Slow suicide sits in a booth sipping decaf

staring at a glass of whole milk


the cash register

a preacher’s wife  

a chain smoker


any and every


things he can’t have.

Studying his fingertips

Trying to figure out what got him here in the first place.



Charly Fasano is a poet, performer, filmmaker and block printer, as well as a Westword-voted Colorado Creative. Fasano has read his poems with and shared the stage with bands like Lucero, Drag the River, Crime in Stereo, Madson Jones, Land Lines and The Queers. He is the founder of Fast Geek Press, Pretend You Can Reab audio zine, and As Well As Magazine. Fasano’s poems have appeared in Yellow Rake, Lubricated Magazine, Syntax Magazine, and Growing Strange Magazine. His book of poems, Next Analog Broadcast (2011) was published by Sunnyoutside Press, and was followed by a multimedia book and 7 inch called RETROSPECT/ED featuring the music of Lucero, released on Fast Geek Press in 2014.

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