LASHED TO THE MAST

    
   
He says, I’m the best, if you can believe it, beach-side big-chest gumba talk as flood waters rise, throws back a shot and puts up his fists, says, I’ll take all of you on, as if that makes a true living piece, a mystery smile we puzzle over in the void between a ferry run to the island and the navel-gazing sun room where attendants shuffle in what’s left of the monster, and we still recoil, even if he’s lost his teeth. Just wait, just wait, he says, I’ll get you in the next round!

DOUGLAS COLE writes, teaches and lives in Seattle, Washington. He has published six poetry collections, as well as a novella. His work has been anthologized in Best New Writing (Hopewell Publications), Bully Anthology (Kentucky Stories Press) and Coming Off The Line (Main Street Rag Publishing). His work also appears or is forthcoming in journals such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Eastern Iowa Review, Off the Coast, Owen Wister Review, The Galway Review, Slipstream, Red Rock Review, Wisconsin Review, Two Thirds North, San Pedro River Review, Badlands, Common Ground Review, The Ocean State Review, The Raven Chronicles, Solstice, and Midwest Quarterly. He has been nominated for a Pushcart in both poetry and fiction and for a Best of the Net Award. He received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry; the Best of Poetry Award from Clapboard House; as well as First Prize in the “Picture Worth 500 Words” from Tattoo Highway. 

Other works 
Boethius Said 
Cold Rain on Montparnasse

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