“(Spill-O on the Burning Beach),” by Colin Dodds


(Spill-O on the Burning Beach)

Spill-O and the other amnesiacs
unfairly and unevenly infected with divinity
sat on the beach, sunning themselves
on a long weekend.

The airplane banners warned that the beach would burn.
And the animals said they had no room for us in the sea.

Spill-O pondered his offers—the dead ends,
well-appointed dead ends and well-guarded dead ends.
He sifted among the knotted fates, while time vanished,
the seas rose and the skies tightened.


Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, “Refreshment – A Tragedy”, was named a semi-finalist in 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poems have appeared in scores of publications and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Samantha.