Monday, October 17, 2016

Michael A. Arnzen


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
and then


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.

MICHAEL A. ARNZEN ( 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 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 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.

1 comment:

Mike Arnzen said...

Happy Halloween, readers of the 52! Thanks to Gso for publishing this piece, and for continuing to promote crime poetry so well.