Three Poems

by Jeffrey Burghauser (June 2018)

Two Men Sharing a Drink, Josef Herman

Under Low Cliffs


Under low cliffs (damp as trout),

Under the sky (a shark’s fin),

And, careening through the stout

Cups of whiskey halogen,


Cory said he never had

(Regardless if I sat or stood)

Thought my posture at all bad—

Since my diction was so good.

Reality Itself Still


Reality Itself still

Registers as a treason’s

Organized list of reasons.


Truth. Without it, the most blunt,

Substantial treasures one may

Find are the irrelevant

Rubies of etymology.



The Nurse


The nurse opens the results of my

Metabolic panel. It’s the worst.


That the Cosmos is neither System

Nor Fact. “The Uncertain: What’s known to

Known to everyone, just not to you.”


Jeffrey Burghauser is an English teacher in Columbus, OH. He was educated at SUNY-Buffalo, the University of Leeds, and currently studies the five-string banjo with a focus on pre-WWII picking styles. A former artist-in-residence at the Arad Arts Project (Israel), his poems have previously appeared (or are forthcoming) in Appalachian Journal, Lehrhaus, New English Review, and Iceview (Iceland).

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