“1 of 52” by Joe Albanese

another week of job applications
another week with no responses

another week of writing
another week of rejections

another week of punching the wall
or door or fence until my fist
is swollen or bleeding, just
to expel something

the only thing that makes me crazy
is thinking next week will be
any different

but maybe it will be

yeah, maybe next week
I’ll use my left fist.

albaneseJoe Albanese is a writer of poetry and prose from South Jersey. Recently he had a piece published in the Fall 2016 edition of Sheepshead Review. In 2017, Joe has work to be published in Calliope, Adelaide Literary Magazine, and Concho River Review.