there is a warden
once a guard
who buttons up his special shirt—
the white one with a cutaway collar—
and whips together his Windsor
mugging in the mosaic
made of shattered shaving mirrors
he's collected from death row
Mike reads "Midnight Preparation":
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Arnzen confesses: Sometimes ideas come from the strangest of places. I was watching a cop show on TV—probably one of the bazillion re-runs of an old Law & Order episode—where there was this momentary shot of a prisoner eyeballing a lawyer down the line through one of those miniature mirrors they stick out between the bars to gaze down the row. I researched it a little and found myself wondering what happens to these makeshift periscopes once the prisoners end their sentence. I imagined they might be hoarded by some nefarious guard with a secret fetish. Thus 'Midnight Preparation' was born.
http://gorelets.com) has recently published a new sequel to Dracula ("Murrmann: A Tale of Van Helsing") and a new audiobook of his Bram Stoker Award-winning horror poetry collection Freakcidents (available at audible.com). You can also stream or download a "Digital Expanded Edition" of his flash fiction album, Audiovile, and a recording of his live poetry slam with Stephanie Wytovich called "Poedown" at http://arnzen.bandcamp.com. Arnzen holds four Bram Stoker Awards for his dark fiction and poetry. He teaches full-time in the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University, near Pittsburgh, PA.