Thomas Fucaloro


Mechanically Separated Chicken


It pours out like a long python with no beginning and no end


Modernists will call it abstract expressionism


Archeologists will say it’s how people thrived in a mall


The expectation of what is good for you isn’t always the reality it’s sketching with


It’s like how Picasso draws the wind, a long winding


Smear on bread spreads thickly from bone to mush we marrow


A black tree in a red sky bends as forward as gracious will allow


This will be the mall of the future


Walking in the rain carrying our umbrellas





The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Thomas Fucaloro has been on six national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is an adjunct professor at Wagner College and BMCC where he teaches world lit and advanced creative writing. His latest chapbook, “There is Always Tomorrow” was released in 2017 by Mad Gleam Press.