On the Dock

by Jason Tandon Issue: Spring/Summer 2019

The setting sun

red and rippling


like a gunshot wound that can’t be staunched.


Clumps of bloodied gauze

                                       litter the sky


as we nurse these beers

and dip our feet

into the clear

calm water.

Jason Tandon

Jason Tandon is the author of four collections of poetry, including The Actual World (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2019) and Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (BLP, 2009), winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award. His poems have appeared in AGNI Online, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Esquire, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner, among others. He is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.