Taking Shots Alone – Poems by P Chatelain

photo cred: phillipe chatelain

Author’s note: This is an attempt at documenting silent musings oft-ignored. Please consume responsibly.

let’s chill out,
light a cigarette in the sun,
watching the smoke take shapes.

sometimes i’m afraid
of hitting my head
on the sky.

14: feedback
whom do I address in my poems?
I’m basically talking to myself.
is anyone listening?

i won’t trade humanity
for patriotism

she’s super
if only by night.

i just want to age slowly and gracefully
but most of all quietly

please stop sucking the life out of me
you used to give me something
to live for.

the sad thing is that
we don’t need a way to
erase bad memories
good or bad they all
by themselves in time.

if they’re waiting for the revolution, i’m it
honestly trying to find something true in me.

i just want you to know
i wrote all of these
just for you.

you can’t have history
with no past
to chain you down
(so i deleted all our
text messages)

Author: Mr. Phillipe

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

9 thoughts

    1. perhaps. the small “shots” are numbered 1-70 and there’s a lot more that i haven’t posted, clearly. thanks for the positive response though!.

    1. that’s generally the feedback that i’ve gotten about these poems, the very nice feeling when people realize “i think those things too” or “i’m not the only one”

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