Another Way to Go (Court-Appointed Lawyer)

Michael Prihoda


which day

                am                         i


                waiting for         again?


you know how kids

are fascinated


by how many paper clips

it takes to connect the moon


                                and a random point along Earth’s




                                let’s try that magic

                                                with Habeas Corpus paperwork.


i’m ready for                      death

                                                                by one thousand



                look me

                in the eye


                                i’ll blink

                                so goddamn



                                                you’ll think

                                                there’s a strobe light



                where God promised

                an optic nerve.




Michael Prihoda lives in central Indiana. He is the founding editor of After the Pause, an experimental literary magazine and small press. His work has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology and he is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Out of the Sky (Hester Glock, 2019).