Charles Jensen is the author of The Nanopedia Quick-Reference Pocket Lexicon of Contemporary American Culture and The First Risk, a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. His chapbooks include Living Things and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon. A past recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in Bloom, Copper Nickel, Field, The Journal, New England Review, & Prairie Schooner. He lives in Los Angeles.
I followed, yes—
eyes on the switchback path up the cliffs,
one hell behind me,
another in the strut of his walk,
so proud, “leading me” from
where he’d dropped me like a penny
too worthless to pick up.