Michael Gizzi
A b o u t   F a c e

How much longer can I inhabit this dumb-waiter
across from the Civil War
am I kidding
life is a dream
on the street Little Caesar
lets Spain pass from his lips
via Ecuador

or is it Peru
no sooner am I out the door
than I want to be home reading
I cut off my nose to identify
myself string all the hands
I’ve ever held
around my neck and expect them
to do their job

when my aptitude test came
back it read
old men have intestines like rabbits
only Romans
have ever been this bored
should I import lions to eat myself at home