Gary Glauber

Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist.  His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His collection, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) is available through Amazon, as is a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press).

Eleven Prayers


She reads the tale

of the sullen cosmonaut.

It makes her miserable.


Parts of the ultimate are certain.

Mellowness mars simple desire

and nothing follows

this dark double entendre.


This Rorschach of Japanese turtles

is all a bit much for her.

He puts her mind at ease

with a cup of demitasse

and a strange homily:

don’t ever forget

the monkey’s eleven prayers.


She views the schadenfreude

and sighs, sipping, smiling against

this little seriousness of death.






She trips over alpine horizon

like song carried on gentle breeze,

armed with youth’s carefree exuberance,

a marvel of sweet innocence

ready to take on morning chores.

She speaks to the cows in foreign tongue,

but they respond as if well-traveled

beyond humble pasture’s makeshift enclosure,

as if sun’s rays translate intent into meaning.

He hears more than moos,

sounds of distant shores, remembered moments,

special gestures from friendlier years,

when emotions flowed like ice-streams

down vernal mountainside.

Lost until now, something has triggered

this wave of dusty remembrance.

It was a simple time

of happy awkwardness and forbidden love.

Thoughts believed gone forever

revived with a jolt of recognition.

He sighs, thankful for this sweet angel’s

unwitting part in this surprise resurrection.

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