I always know
________when I’m being followed
________________when you cross the street
________________to avoid my path

If I really wanted
________________what you have
________________a locked door wouldn’t stop me

As I ________am other
________________you hesitate
________________your eyes
________________your thoughts
________________________________are not my jail

I think this
________on a severed page
________________you refused to loosen your grip


CALVIN PENNIX is an educator and creator living in southern California with his wife and two children. His first project, Grounds, was published by Argotist Books in 2011. Calvin has had two other full length projects published – Around/About (Differentia Press 2012) and On Reaction (Differentia Press 2013). Other works of Calvin have been published by Upstairs at Duroc, Unlikely Stories, Certain Circuits, Otoliths and Counterexample Poetics among others.